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Posted: 2019-02-11 18:00:00

Lake Michigan froze over during the polar vortex, so I walked on water.

I decided to check out Lake Michigan during the polar vortex. When I arrived, the beach was covered in snow (normal), but I saw something strange: about 10 yards of huge, lumpy mounds piled where there are normally shallow waves.

I climbed up a mound and realized I must be standing over a wave that had frozen over. In the distance, the snow flattened out. I couldn't see any blue; it was ice and snow to the horizon. Lake Michigan, or at least the fraction of it I could see, had frozen over.

I'd never seen anything like it, so I snapped a few photos. Hope you enjoy!

frozen waves on lake michigan during the polar vortex© Ilana Strauss

Editor's note: Don't try this at home, kids! Check with local officials before venturing out on frozen lakes near you.

Lake Michigan froze over during the polar vortex, so I walked on water.

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