Sunday, March 1st 2020, 10:00 am - The unfrozen lake and two days of very strong, icy winds are the culprits.
People along part of the Lake Erie shoreline in New York State may be forgiven for thinking Elsa from 'Frozen' was practicing her ice powers in their towns.
Numerous homes and structures near the shore are encased in a thick jacket of ice, making for some picturebook-perfect scenes that will be a serious headache for homeowners.
Lake Erie, typically one of the Great Lakes that freezes faster and more thoroughly than most of its fellows, is actually less than 10 per cent frozen due to this winter's frequent stretches of milder-than-normal temperatures. So when strong winds in recent days blew over the open water, it whipped up the surf and blew it onto shoreline structures, where they rapidly froze.
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As we said, it looks pretty enough, it causes real hassles for homeowners. Almost a metre thick in some places, the heavy ice makes structure collapse and other damages more likely, to say nothing of just trying to get in and out of the homes.
"I actually had to go out a secondary door and then chisel my way back into the house by breaking the ice," Ed Mis, in Hoover Beach, New York, told broadcaster WHTR.
Below is a selection of Tweets showing how the situation has played out so far.
Welcome to Narnia: Two days of gale force winds along Lake Erie have iced over many of the homes along the beach in Hamburg, NY. @news4buffalo @News_8 @EricSnitilWx @JamesGilbertWX @wnywxguy @spann @JimCantore @StephanieAbrams @StormHour @NatalieKuckoJohn Kucko on Twitter
19 Days Until Spring: Until then--well, you know. This along Lake Erie near Buffalo (Hamburg) may take until May to melt. @news4buffalo @News_8 @spann @JimCantore @StephanieAbrams @wxbywilliams @StormHour @TomNiziol @GarofaloWX @Ginger_Zee #DigitalFirst #NexstarNation https://t.co/EsvTl0ofxqJohn Kucko on Twitter
WOW... Absolutely fantastic view of the ice houses in Hamburg, New York on the shores of Lake #Erie this morning 29th February! Photos taken by 📸 https://t.co/eyUuDc7RTJ #severeweather #photoofthedayWEATHER/ METEO WORLD on Twitter
https://t.co/LfevE2RAlS Houses frozen over near Lake Erie in New York due to cold tempslovelyti on Twitter
@BrianCraigLawr1 Just got these from my buddy - Morgans Point Port Colburn Ontario - right on lake Erie✝️BerserkerBear on Twitter
Angry #lakeerie @MarkJWeatherColleen Barnhart on Twitter
Homes and trees by Lake Erie have been enveloped in ice this week, after being hit with freezing winds. ❄️🥶 #winterinontario #freezing #icetree #lifeincanada #discoverontario #lakeerieINTO Ontario on Twitter
Not as harsh as yesterday but still a biting wind coming in off the lake #lakeerie #wnyDan Russell on Twitter
ICE HOUSE on the shores of Hoover Beach in Hamburg NY on Lake Erie during this intense winter storm we are having right now here in Western NY. Huge almost two story waves are crashing ashore & freezing. INSANE! PART 1 #Buffalo #BuffaloNY #WNY #LakeErie #Buffalove #Winter☮︎☥☪︎✡︎✟☯︎ on Twitter
Thumbnail courtesy of John Kucko.