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With chill coming back in, Great Lakes ice to pick up again

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Below average temperatures and above average snowfall this winter are making for a spectacular sight along the lakeshore.

Those frozen lakes may have melted a bit this last week, but icing on the lakes is far from over.

The extremely cold temperatures have formed the Great Lakes into sheets of ice.

In early February, Lake Michigan was around 80 percent ice covered, leaving many people around West Michigan walking on the frozen lake in awe.

The NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor provides endless data and research on each great lake.

According to George Leshkevich, the two previous years of ice coverage don't even compare to this year's.

And with this week's three days above freezing with sunshine, the lakes have melted--a bit.

But with another arctic blast in the forecast, the ice coverage is expected to hike back up again.