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How Frozen Are the Great Lakes Right Now? Solid Enough for a Plane to Make an Emergency Landing

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"Softer than on the runway."

With each week bringing more arctic temperatures, the Great Lakes are nearly 90 percent frozen. But the test of just how solid the ice might be came Monday when a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing.

As of Thursday, ice cover extended across 88 percent, according to the federal government's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor. The last time the lakes came this close was in 1994, when 94 percent of the surface was frozen.

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