It's deep. Deeper than all but Lake Superior, and lower in latitude than most of the others. Still, in 50 years of watching Lake Ontario in winter, and wishing it would freeze, it simply will not.
This could have been the year. Unusually cold. If the lake froze, the "lake-effect" snow storms would end and we'd be able to take the white "we surrender" flag out of the window.
Encouragingly, while facing obscene heating bills, we have rarely seen our shores so heavily ice bound.
Will the ice kill the snow? Close, but at 43%, no cigar.
How do you spell C O L D? In the counties at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, it's S N O W. And that's because the lake refuses to freeze - giving rise to the infamous "lake-effect" snow storm which can drop a foot of snow on you in about 30 minutes, go away for an hour and then come back to drop a foot of two more.
In a recent (image and report courtesy NOAA Feb 13) summary of Great Lakes ice cover, Lake Ontario stood at 43% while two others, Superior and Erie, were 100% frozen, and Michigan and Huron not far behind.
In total, the lakes were 88% ice-bound on February 13, 2014, topping the previous record of 82% set in 1996, according to this report from NOAA http://www.climate.gov/news-features/event-tracker/great-lakes-ice-cover-most-extensive-mid-90s