- Associated Press - Monday, February 16, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The National Weather Service says Lake Champlain is now officially frozen over.

The Weather Service says the 120-mile long lake between Vermont and New York was reported as “closed” on Monday. It comes as the region is enduring a protracted cold spell.

It is the second year in a row the lake has frozen over. And it is the first time since 2003-2005 that Lake Champlain has frozen in consecutive years. The records go back to 1816.

Last year the lake was reported closed on Feb. 12.

The Weather Service says it’s much less common to have the lake freeze in consecutive years than it used to be.

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