Last Time Lake Erie was Frozen?

The cold winter weather has us waiting to see if Lake Erie will freeze over this year. As of February 18, 2015 it’s close to 94% covered.


Here’s a time-lapse video of the ice building up on the lake via

Lake Erie has a surface area of 9,990 square miles and while it is fourth largest in surface area, it’s the shallowest of the lakes and has the least water volume. This makes it the one that is most likely to freeze over.

The winter of 2009 – 2010 was cold. By February 13, 2010, all 48 contiguous states had at least some snow on the ground. By February 16, Lake Erie was 98% frozen. So close.

We have to go back to the winter of 1996 for the last time it was completely frozen.

Just in case you came here looking for another frozen…we don’t want you to be disappointed.

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