News

Lake Superior ships battle ice

Lake Superior ships battle ice Click to Enlarge Photo:

Jan 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Ships using Lake Superior are having a tough time due to the worst build up of ice in decades.

The National Weather Service started tracking freeze-ups in 1978, and says this is the second-fastest and thickest ice-up in 35 years. Coast Guard Soo Vessel Traffic Director Mark Gill says this is the worst since 1989.

On Friday, the Coast Guard said traffic was halted the four days before for several hours each day.

Gill says a trip from Duluth, Minn. to Gary, Ind. that normally would take three days now takes six to seven.

Gill says many ships on the Great Lakes are tying up early for the winter. The Soo Locks close Wednesday.

Mike Tanner

Posted By Mike Tanner

News Director

Mike Tanner's Profile

Leave a Comment

Current Weather

For Central Minnesota

Temp: 28°F (-2°C)

Dewpoint: 23

Wind: 13mph N

Wind Chill: 17°F

Weather: Overcast

Full Forecast | Live Radar

Community Calendar