Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Coming across the Big Mac Bridge yesterday, we realized that the Straits are still ice covered. Here's the approach on I-75, heading south toward the toll plaza on the St. Ignace side of the Straits. You can see some open water quite close to the north shore.
But from up on the bridge, in the middle of the Straits where the freighters go under the Big Mac, ice floes and huge chunks of ice had closed in any trails of open water that freighters might have opened.
We crossed on Monday, April 8. The Upper Peninsula still has lots of snow on the ground and it will take some warm weather and a striking sun to open up the channels on the northern Great Lakes. No doubt the Coast Guard icebreakers are very busy in the Upper Lakes this season.
Wanda Hayes Eichler