Lake Erie frozen for first time in 14 years

According AccuWeather.com, following a cold snap
in the Northeast, Lake Erie’s surface is virtually frozen over for
the first time in about 14 years.

The ice ranges in thickness between paper thin along
the northern shore and several inches along the southern shore,
where many people are ice skating.

GoErie.com reports that the lake hasn’t completely
frozen since the winter of 1995-1996.

Although the ice cover is considered complete,
prevailing winds have created some cracks in the
ice.

There are also reportedly ice chunks floating off
the coast of Dunkirk, N.Y., which is one of the deepest parts of
the lake and would naturally be one of the last places to
freeze.

Lake Erie, with an average depth of 62 feet, is the
most shallow of the five Great Lakes, which is why it is the only
one that completely freezes over.

Since lake-effect snow depends on warmer lake
temperatures compared to the air, the frozen lake will deter large
amounts of snowfall to the lee of the lake.

The current cold snap will keep the lake mostly, if
not completely, frozen for at least the rest of the
month.

Categories: Pennsylvania – Jeff Mulhollem

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