Scientists see record levels of ice on Great Lakes

You won't see many waves rolling in along Lake Michigan’s beach.

Scientists say 90 percent of the Great Lakes are ice covered.

The lakes haven't been this frozen over since 1979.

However that doesn't mean coast guard officials are encouraging people to test the ice.

The coast guard, stationed out of St. Joseph, says thankfully they haven't had to rescue anyone trying to walk on the lake or river.

But with the severe weather conditions, it has been the perfect year for the guard to practice rescue techniques.

Petty Officer Michael Scannell says, “This is my second winter out here and compared to last winter, it’s been a lot more cold, brutal. So we've done a lot of training that's helped us out here at the station.”

Although a warm-up is expected later this week, officers with the Coast Guard don't expect the Lake to thaw out anytime soon.


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