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 GuerrieroGoErie