National Weather Service Issues Ice Alert

Ice Alert

Marine Weather Statement
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
839 PM EST Sat Feb 20 2021

A Marine Weather Statement has been issued for the following areas:
Maumee Bay to Ripley, New York.

Dangerous ice conditions are possible along the Lake Erie shore through Monday. A large area of ice formed along the Lake Erie shore from Maumee Bay and the Islands east to Ripley, New York over the last few weeks. Large openings in the ice in the middle of the lake developed during the day Saturday increasing the potential for ice floes to break off from the southern shore of the lake and around the islands.

Winds are expected to increase from the southeast during the day Sunday and then increase even further from the southwest on Monday.  This increase in wind will progressively increase the risk for the ice to break off from shore. It is advised to stay off the ice.  Anyone on the ice when the ice floes break off will become stranded.

Heavy Snow Resets Put-in-Bay Landscape

Snow accumulation between eight and ten inches greeted island residents on Tuesday morning.  Gusty winds created snowdrifts, but Put-in-Bay Township and private contractors cleared roads and driveways.  As of 10am, Sheriff Stephen J. Levorchick continued the LEVEL 3 Snow Emergency for Ottawa County, with re-evaluation scheduled for 2pm.  Text your zip code to 888777 to receive alerts from local agencies.

Intrepid Fishers Place Ice Shanties

Ice shanties make their appearance  on the ice at Put-in-Bay Harbor, West Shore, and South Bass Island State Park.  Conditions remain hazardous, with measurements ranging from 2″ to 10″ amidst steep ice shoves. Only experienced ice fishers venture out with all the necessary safety clothing and gear.  The best conditions are in the harbor, but reports suggest few fish are being caught. [Photos by Donna Steinbach]

Powerful Wind Pushes Ice Eastbound

SBI State Park Dock

Wind gusts up to 34mph (Marblehead Station) created a dense ice shove along the western and south-western coast of South Bass Island today.  Farther to the east a wide channel of open but slushy water roared onward in a stunning display of natural energy.  A special marine weather statement at 5:27pm from the National Weather Service in Cleveland states the following:
As cold arctic air continues to push southeast across the Great Lakes this weekend, a significant period of ice formation and growth will occur on Lake Erie from the western to central basins. Icing is expected to occur along both the nearshore zones and in the open waters. Ice formation will be moderate to rapid in the next four days.

Looking west from South Bass Island Lighthouse
View to Kelleys Island


Weather Service Posts Advisory for Significant Snow

ATV during snow-gale of 19 January 2020

Weather advisory promises a Put-in-Bay weekend winter wonderland!

National Weather Service Cleveland OH
1104 AM EST Sat Jan 30 2021



* WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7
inches. Localized greater amounts possible.

* WHERE…Portions of north central and northwest Ohio.

* WHEN…From 10 PM this evening to 7 PM EST Sunday.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult.

South Bass Island’s West Shore Ice Ramp Not Open Yet

Slippery slope to rough ice at West Shore Ice Ramp

The ice ramp at South Bass Island’s West Shore remains closed.  New ice forms each night the temperature hovers in the twenties; however, thickness remains a concern.  Should a good arctic blast arrive, or should we sustain several days of below-freezing temperatures, the situation may change.  As of noon today, no fishing shanties were located in the parking area.

National Weather Service–Cleveland     114 PM EST Thu Jan 28 2021

Temperatures are expected to remain in the lower to middle 20s today and Friday with lows tonight in the middle teens thanks to the cold pool to the northeast.  At this time surface temperatures are expected to warm enough to either see a very wet snow or a rain/snow mix by Sunday afternoon that would struggle to accumulate.  At this time a broad snowfall of around 1-4 inches inches seems likely across NW and North Central Ohio before the transition occurs.