by Amy Biolchini, MLive.com

By dave_7 from Lethbridge, Canada (Ice balls) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MUSKEGON, MI — Winter’s frozen wonders are returning to the big lake.

Ice balls have begun forming in Lake Michigan near Muskegon State Park. Videos of the wintertime phenomenon are being shared on social media.

Typically, the ice balls are caused when chunks break from large sheets of ice on the Great Lakes. They also sometimes form out of the recently-fallen snow and frozen slush dense with water.

The last several days of 2017 have brought record-breaking snowfalls to Muskegon. The city saw nearly 20 inches of snow in a two-day span from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, according to the National Weather Service.

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