(WLNS) – The calendar says Spring is here and the ice cover on the Great Lakes is slowly receding.
The ice cover at the Straits of Mackinac is still about one foot thick, according to the National Ice Center. Coast Guard icebreakers have been through the Straits but the Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island are still circled in ice.
The Coast Guard’s Traverse City base posted aerial shots of the ice cover at the Straits on its Facebook page. There are patches of blue water to been seen. The Coast Guard is warning people to stay off the ice. Warming temperatures, lots of sunshine and windy conditions moving the ice around can combine to create very dangerous conditions.
Currently just over half, 54 percent, of the Great Lakes remain ice covered. That compares to the 75 percent coverage on this date last year.