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Friday, February 20, 2015

4,750 square miles of Great Lakes freezes overnight; total ice cover 82%

SOTT | Feb 18, 2015 | Mark Torregrossa

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Great Lakes ice cover continues to grow rapidly,
now surpassing the amount of ice at this time last year.
The recent arctic blasts have caused the ice cover on the Great Lakes to increase rapidly. As of Tuesday, Feb. 17, the amount of ice on the Great Lakes is more than the same date last year.

The total ice cover on the Great Lakes is now rated at 82.3 percent as of Tuesday. On the same date last year, the Great Lakes had 81.6 percent total ice cover.

The Great Lakes ice cover has grown over 5 percent in the past 24 hours. That's about 4,750 square miles of ice overnight. At that pace of ice growth, the Great Lakes would be almost totally iced over in the next four days.

The blast of arctic cold tonight through Friday will certainly help ice continue to grow.

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