February 24, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Watch time-lapse of Great Lakes freezing over

This winter has provided a seemingly endless parade of snow and ice followed by more of the same. That onslaught of cold put the Great Lakes within striking distance of the all-time record for ice cover.

At one point, researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated ice covered roughly 90 percent of the Great Lakes. The record of 95 percent, was set back in 1979.

Here on the ground, itís been beautiful at times but frustrating for weeks on end. New time-lapse satellite imagery compiled by Time.com this week, allows viewers to watch the spread of the ice this winter from the relative warmth of their homes or offices.

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