Cold facts update: Great Lakes ice cover is growing fast

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, January 4, 2018

Winter is upon us and the cold is here to last, with double-digit negative temperatures forecast for the next week. Is there a bright side to any of this? Not really. But we offer the tiniest of silver linings! To accompany this cold snap, we’re running a short-term daily feature: Cold Facts. 

It’s only been a week since we reported that 9.4 per cent of the Great Lakes had frozen over — a fast start, considering that some years they don’t freeze much at all.

One week later that has jumped to 22.7 per cent. That’s more than 55,000 square kilometres of ice, or nearly one-quarter of the lakes’ combined surface area, mostly along shorelines and in bays.

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