National Weather Service Meteorologist Steve McLaughlin said today about 50 percent of Lake Erie is still covered with ice.
Ice coverage needs to shrink below 250 square miles, or about 3 or 4 percent of the lake, before the New York Power Authority removes the boom, McLaughlin
"I would say you've got another two weeks, anyway, at least, before the ice is out of this area," McLaughlin
said, "before the ice gets small enough to consider removing the boom."
best estimate for the ice boom removal is the last week of March.
said the removal of the ice boom -- often a sign that spring has arrived -- doesn't impact the weather.
"There's cold here because of the ice, yes, but the boom isn't the reason the ice is there," McLaughlin