WNY Outdoors Blog

Friday, February 12, 2010

Lake Erie now frozen over

Earlier this week, the Erie Times-News and GoErie.com reported that the lake was 90 to 95 percent frozen, but the relentless cold finished the job.

Gary Garnet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland, said today that for all intents and purposes, the lake is completely frozen over.

He qualified that by saying a small patch off Dunkirk, N.Y., shows water and chunks of floating ice.

A frozen lake reduces the power of lake-effect snowstorms in our region.

"It doesn't completely shut off the snow machine, but it does greatly reduce it,'' Garnet said.

-- John Guerriero 

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