Winter is a little less than a month away but ice is forming on three of Michigan’s Great Lakes, the earliest it has in at least 40 years.

While Michigan’s monumental waters don’t normally begin freezing over until the middle of December, three of Michigan’s Great Lakes have already begun forming ice, according to a report by the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

By November 20 Lake Michigan and Lake Superior were half a per cent covered in ice and Lake Huron was one per cent covered in ice.

Lake Superior was the first lake to show signs of hardening and began freezing on November 15, almost a month before it typically begins to glaciate.

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