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How cold has it been this winter? So cold that Lake Erie is completely frozen over, for only the 4th time in the last 40 years.
This MODIS image taken on 2/23/2015 shows a continuous sheet of ice over the entirety of the lake.
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist and Erie native, Jordan Root, says "I cant recall ever seeing a completely frozen Lake Erie. It's been almost 20 years since Lake Erie has been completely frozen, last occurring in 1996 when I was 5 years old."
Erie, Pennsylvania, along with the entire region, has seen some impressively cold temperatures this winter.
Erie, PA has tied or broken 4 low temp records for the month of Feb, including Feb 16 which tied the ALL-TIME low temp record.
— Jordan Root (@RootWx) February 22, 2015
— Geoff Cornish (@StormOfCorn) February 17, 2015
Lake Erie ice coverage usually peaks around this time of the year. However continued cold air through the end of the month and perhaps into March will keep Lake Erie as a frozen pond longer, added Root.
A 767-foot freighter was stuck in the frozen lake for 5 days before being freed by the Canadian Coast Guard, as reported in this article.
More details on the cold weather and perhaps some good news on when the cold will ease up can be found in this AccuWeather.com story.
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