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Blue ice draws Marblehead crowds

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The warmer temperatures from our March roller coaster ride have led to plenty of open water and plenty of ice here along the islands and in Marblehead.  So it's not just the snow but what the winds will do to this ice that's a concern here.

The beam from the Marblehead Lighthouse steers captains away from the rocky Lake Erie shoreline.  But now, another strange blue glow has drawn in dozens of curious onlookers.  That color comes from the refraction of light. 

"This is totally amazing.  And the blue in the ice is what's so amazing to me," Beverly Holland said.  "I just see God in all of this when you look around." 

Beverly Holland drove from Dayton after seeing videos online.   She joined dozens of others on the ice.  With more snow and gales on the way, though, concern is evident among those who winter here. 

"The biggest risk from the ice I think is that there will still be ice fishermen out there when it's starting to break up," John Gibson said.  "And when that's happened in the past, we've had as many as hundreds of people stranded out on the ice."

The crowds are out, the birds are chirping but the ice is also cracking.  The inland water is just shallow enough and just melted enough where this ice reef is going to come inshore tomorrow with strong northeast winds.

Those winds will howl between 30-40 miles per hour along the lakeshore.  A Gale Watch now extends along our entire coastline.  Loose ice is likely to stack up near the islands.  But for lighthouse volunteer John Gibson, there's plenty to celebrate. 

"It's certainly been beneficial to the community to have the ice fishing as good as it is.  It's brought in a lot of people and helped the economy of our area," Gibson said.

We saw dozens of people and everyone we talked to saw the pictures on Facebook, of all places.  So for now, they get to enjoy the nice view before the storm moves in.

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