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So, How Much Ice is Covering the Great Lakes?

22 Dec 2017, 12:03 pm

We’ve been keeping track of the ice cover on the Great Lakes over the past few weeks here at WeatherNation. Why? Well, the ice cover on the lakes has implications for lake effect snow and weather around the Midwest and interior Northeast. The longer the lakes stay free of ice, the more opportunities for intense lake effect snow to occur.

And over last few weeks we have seen plenty of lake effect snow across these regions as cold air and storms systems have sweep across the region. This cold air in particular has helped some ice start to form on the Great Lakes.

So, how much ice is covering the lakes now?

According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, GLERL, there is 4 percent ice coverage over the Great Lakes.



For WeatherNation, I am Meteorologist Marcus Walter.


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