Weather Forecast


Heavy ice forces ships back to Twin Ports

The 2014 shipping season is off to a rocky beginning.

Ice on Lake Superior is making it almost impossible for ships to sail through and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Morro Bay and the freighter Presque Isle are returning to the Twin Ports this weekend after facing ice damage.

The ships left last week, along with two other cutters, in hopes to make it to the Soo Locks for the opening of the shipping season.

The ships tried to hug the shoreline to take advantage of the open water.

Ice is reported to be 4- to 5-feet thick in areas and is still abundant on Lake Superior; in some places, ridges of 8 feet of ice have formed.

U.S. Coast Guard cutters have been hard at work trying to break the ice and make a path for outbound ships.

The Morro Bay was anticipated to be in Duluth on Friday night.

The Presque Isle must unload some cargo to sit higher, so that it can make its way back for repairs, but it is expected to be back in Duluth today.