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Lake Michigan is half frozen

Lake Michigan, now partially frozen, as snow and clouds blow over. (Photo: NOAA)

Lake Michigan, now partially frozen, as snow and clouds blow over. (Photo: NOAA)

Lake Michigan, now partially frozen, as snow and clouds blow over. (Photo: NOAA)

Lake Michigan, now partially frozen, as snow and clouds blow over. (Photo: NOAA)

MICHIGAN — Much of Lake Michigan is frozen over along with a good portion of Grand Traverse Bay.

A photo released by the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows clouds and snow blowing across the now partially ice-covered Lake Michigan.

Interlochen Public Radio reported ice stretches into the lake three to five miles from the Leelanau Peninsula to Indiana.

Lake Superior and Huron are about 70 percent covered with ice and Lake Erie, which is shallower than the other lakes, is almost entirely frozen.

NOAA relased a map showing ice cover on the lakes as of Tuesday.

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George Leshkevich is a researcher at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. He told the radio station that there hasn’t been this much ice on the Great Lakes since about 25 years ago. But he said it is not unusual.

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