Lake Michigan, now partially frozen, as snow and clouds blow over. NOAA hide caption itoggle caption NOAA The Two-Way This Photo Of Lake Michigan Will Make You Shiver January 30, 2014 Even from space, the ice, snow and clouds blowing across the water are chilling. All five of the Great Lakes are icing up earlier than they have in a few decades. But experts say it's not all that unusual. It's just an old-fashioned cold winter.