Monday, February 15, 2010

First Time Ever: Lake Erie Could Freeze Over

The power is running out on the Lake Erie snow machine.

And more cold weather could just about pull the plug on it.

The lake is about 90 to 95 percent ice-covered, and more cold temperatures forecast for the next week or so could freeze the entire lake, National Weather Service meteorologists in Cleveland said.

"We're thinking it probably will ice over the rest of the way,'' said weather service meteorologist Karen Oudeman.

Weather service meteorologist Robert LaPlante said Tuesday that the remaining open area extends from Long Point, Ontario, southeast to the New York state shoreline. Satellite images also indicate some waters just north and east of Erie, off Pennsylvania, are also ice-free.

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