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Lake Michigan is serving up frosted pancakes

Pancake ice is beginning to form on Lake Michigan.
Credit: WZZM
Pancake ice at Hoffmaster State Park.

HOLLAND, Michigan — Who wants an icy bowl of frosted pancakes for breakfast? Just grab some syrup and head on over to Lake Michigan. Well, you might not want to actually eat this for breakfast, but it is really cool to look at. 

These pancake-shaped chunks of slushy ice require a few ingredients to come together. First, we need our air temperatures to drop below freezing while water temperatures remain above freezing. Causing a thin layer of slushy ice to form on the surface of the water. 

The current keeps the ice circulating and breaks it into donut-shaped circles in the water. As the circles of ice bang into each other, they form a more concrete rim. 

Over time, the water temperature will get too cold and a blanket of ice will form. 

So, if you want to see this phenomenon make sure you get out to the big lake sooner rather than later. We are expecting a big push of arctic air throughout the 10-day forecast.

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