FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — It's been quite mild this winter, and many lakes across the area are not covered in as much ice as normal.
The Great Lakes are suffering from this as well.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab determined that only 17.6% of the lakes were covered with ice.
With the cold snap we had at the end of January last year, the Great Lakes were covered with about 67% of ice.
In 2018, the lakes had ice coverage was roughly 46% for all the lakes' surface.
If you want to see more specifics about how much ice was on each lake, you can here.
So what does this mean for us?
The less ice covering Lake Michigan means that we'll see more lake effect snow showers when the winds are coming out of the northwest.
The ice prevents the water from evaporating from the lake and forming into a cloud.
Which gains more moisture, creating precipitation for areas southeast of where the cloud formed.
If you want more forecast information, head over to our weather page.