Lakes Erie, Champlain Frozen Over

CLEVELAND (AP) -

The latest cold snap has almost all of Lake Erie covered by ice while the National Weather Service on Monday declared Lake Champlain officially frozen over..

A Great Lakes group says ice has formed across 94 percent of Lake Erie. Just two years ago at this time of the year, only about half of the lake had ice cover. Scientists say mid-February is when the lake is the coldest.

Lake Erie reached 100-percent ice coverage only three times since they began keeping records in 1816, most recently in 1996.

The 120-mile Lake Champlain between Vermont and New York was reported as “closed” on Monday, the second year in a row the lake has frozen over. And it is the first time since 2003-2005 that Lake Champlain has frozen in consecutive years.