Its still below freezing. So while its above the zero mark ice is still forming everyday. And its been about four days (since Jan 5th) since the mercury has been above 32. Sunrise was at 7:18 am this morning.
One can walk almost to the end of Farwell Pier on the north side. That's how much of the lake froze at Loyola Beach. An unnerving crunching crashing sound could be heard coming from the south side of the pier. Hopping through the wire fence to investigate quickly answers the question.
The ice tide is coming in.
Update - 1/9/14 2:20 pm - Rest of the pics are up.
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