Wintry Weather Keeps Islanders Tuned to Ferry Operations

Put in Bay Snowy Owl

PiB visitor on 17 November 2017

Wintry weather keeps islanders tuned to announcements by Miller Boat Line about suspended operations.  Changeable conditions hamper residents’ preparations for when Lake Erie freezes and flying off-island is the only option to get to the mainland.  National Weather Service Cleveland provides the information below as of 9:26pm Thursday, 15 November 2018.

Put in Bay weather









* WINDS…Southwest 15 to 25 knots with gusts up to 35 knots.
* WAVES…3 to 5 feet…occasionally 7 feet.

A Small Craft Advisory is issued when waves of 4 feet or more are
expected or wind speeds reach 21 to 33 knots which may produce
hazardous conditions to small craft.

A cold front will push southeast through the forecast area Saturday morning into Sunday morning with mainly upper level zonal flow across the region. Light snow will be possible across the area   . . . especially in far northern Ohio and along the snowbelt into northwest PA. By Sunday afternoon a chance of snow to pretty much the entire forecast area into Monday morning.

Accumulation will be light with these snow showers . . . with most locations not expected to pick up more than an inch through the weekend.  Daytime high temperatures will remain cold . . . generally in the mid to upper 30s . . . around 10 to 15 degrees below normal for the middle of November.

Miller Ferry Cancels Tuesday Afternoon Operations

Miller Ferry

Low water at Miller Boat Line’s Catawba Dock

Strong southwest winds, clocked at 40 knots (46mph) at South Bass Island Lighthouse at 1pm, prompted Miller Boat Line to cancel afternoon operations.  The last run left Catawba at 11:55am.  The William Market sailed around the east side of South Bass Island for a stop at Middle Bass Island, and then delivered remaining passengers and vehicles to Put-in-Bay.  Photos by Donna Steinbach

Miller Ferry

6-8 footers on the east side of South Bass Island

Miller Ferry

Low water at Middle Bass Dock Company

Miller Ferry

Vehicles parked on starboard side of ferry ready for port exit at Put-in-Bay