Ice Balls Form Along Lake Superior as Frigid Wind Chills Grip Northern Wisconsin

Mounds of ice balls accumulated along the shoreline of Lake Superior in Ashland, Wisconsin, on November 19, as the National Weather Service (NWS) said wind chills in the area were as low as -13 degrees Fahrenheit.

Photographer Cheryl Koval, who lives in Ashland on the shore of Lake Superior, captured the footage over three consecutive days. She regularly posts videos showcasing seasonal variations and wildlife in the region.

The NWS reported on the process in which ice balls develop two years ago, saying “lake-effect snow combines with the cold temperatures to form a layer of floating slush that wave action sculpts into spheres,” which then wash onto the shore and freeze solid. Credit: Cheryl Koval via Storyful

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