Lake Erie is frozen—and the photos are stunning

Frozen Lake Erie

Definitely don’t go hiking.

Lake Eerie reportedly became 100 percent frozen on Monday for the first time since 1996. Frigid temperatures brought a plate of ice estimated to be between 16 and 24 inches thick.

More arctic weather is on tap for the week, and total Great Lakes ice coverage could reach record-setting levels. Erie freezes wholly because it is comparatively shallow relative to other Great Lakes; its average depth is 62 feet, whereas Lake Ontario’s is 282 feet. Here’s the massive ice cube, as shown through viral Twitter photos.

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While the Great Lake presently looks like the ice planet Hoth, you definitely don’t want to attempt a hike from Ohio to Canada. 

Photo via Teknorat/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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