Photos: Lake Erie wide open for lake-effect snow

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CLEVELAND– Lake Erie is open for business.

Last year at this time, the lake was 96 percent covered in ice from long periods of cold temperatures. That cut back on the amount of lake-effect snow in Northeast Ohio.

lake ice cover feb 2015

But Lake Erie looks much different this February. The mild temperatures this winter resulted in only 1 percent of ice coverage on the lake along the Canadian shoreline.

lake ice cover feb 2016

With the water being wide open this late in the season, Arctic air combined with winds in the right direction could result in a significant amount of lake-effect snow.

FOX 8 meteorologist AJ Colby said that open water is why we’re prone to get major snow events in November and December.

Cleveland is also lagging behind on the total amount of snow. We’ve received 8.8 inches so far this winter, giving us a deficient of nearly 3 feet.

winter stats

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