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Winter-weary northerners take heart: There’s actually a silver lining to all this record snow, ice and bone-chilling cold.

Portions of the Midwest and the East Coast extending up to Canada pummeled by a few rounds of polar vortexes stand to see cold weather-related benefits everywhere from the produce aisle to their pocketbook.

As The Great Lakes approach record levels of ice cover, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is anticipating a 13-inch rise in water levels when the frozen stuff finally melts that could ultimately translate into a $40 million in savings for consumers.

Roy Deda with the USACE told CBS Chicago higher water levels means ships can make fewer trips by carrying more cargo. Deda said less water “ends up increasing [stores’] costs because they are not able to carry as much in the ship due to the low lake levels.”

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