After the wild autumn storms, when mountain peaks are totally covered with snow fur hats and severe Siberian frosts are getting close to the last remains of summer warmth, the shallow lake waters are gradually being covered with steady firm ice and the winter Lake Baikal comes into the stage of freeze-up. The ice-cold winds from the Baikal and Primorye mountain ridges swoop their powerful and heavy strikes on Lake Baikal sweeping all the snow from the ice cover to the eastern part of the lake, and the severe Siberian frosts keep growing the thick ice cover. By the middle of February ice gets almost 1 metre wide. After that, the shy winter sun starts to shine on the ice surface getting stronger and stronger with the growing day, and Baikal ice shell, with no snow at all, turns into a fine polished mirror.
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