Lake phenomenon called ice volcanoes form on Lake Ontario

(Viewer photo)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) —Viewers this past week have sent in photos of a phenomenon happening along the lake shores of both Lake Erie and Ontario. They are called ice volcanoes. They look like huge hills of snow but have a hole in the middle.

They form when ice on the shore begins to crack and piles on top of itself. Water continues to flow in from the lake and with nowhere to go, shoots up the middle of the rare formations, mimicking the look of a volcano with white lava.

To see these form, specific conditions are needed and with warm temperatures this weekend, most of these will melt, but if you can snap a picture beforehand, please share them with us through our ReportIt! tab. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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