The polar vortex has touched Michigan, giving the Great Lakes State its coldest day in years, if not decades. Temperatures dipped below zero overnight, with wind chills looking much worse. Some areas of Lower Michigan were low as 45 degrees below zero, Most colleges and school got closed as well as many businesses around metro Detroit. However, everything finally comes to an end. Spring is bringing warmer weather to the area, finishing the ice and transforming the region into a magical wonderland.


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ice spikes


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However, moving water underneath the ice is pushing the sheets to the surface, shattering them into fascinating designs, noticeable along South Haven’s pier. But as much as people want to capture this attractive phenomenon in photos, However, the US Coast Guard has advised that the ice should only be watched from very far because it is unsafe to stand or walk on the unbalanced surface. “No ice is safe ice especially this time of year,” US Coast Guard BMC Grant Heffner told MLive. “The ice is certainly deteriorating and breaking up.”


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It is not the first time when Mother Nature is toying with Lake Michigan. Photographers have been following the site for years.


frozen light house
Image credits: Gunner’s Pixs


ice tiles on water
Image credits: Greg VandeLeest


frozen ice bridge
Image credits: Gunner’s Pixs

Lake Michigan is the only one of the five Great Lakes that is entirely sheltered by the United States; the other inland Seas also share a border with Canada. Michi Gami, the Ojibwa (Chippewa) word for “large lake,” forms the west coast of the Lower Peninsula and much of the southern coast of the Upper Peninsula, from Menominee at the Wisconsin border eastward to the Straits of Mackinac, where its waters meet Lake Huron.


frozen fence
Image credits: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar


ice tiles
Image credits: Konstantin Papushin

The third largest Great Lake has a water surface area of 22,300 square miles, and it contains numerous islands, notably the Beaver Island archipelago and the North and South Manitou Islands off the coast of the “Little Finger” region of Michigan’s mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula. The Manitou Islands are a part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.


light house covered with ice
Image credits: Gunner’s Pixs


Image credits: Kate Ter Haar

People were mesmerized by the beautiful sight

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