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This car was turned into a giant ice sculpture after its owner parked it by a freezing lake

The driver left his car by Lake Erie as he was going out drinking with friends.

THE OWNER OF this car is going to need more than a scraper to remove the sheet of ice that wrapped itself around the vehicle after it was parked by Lake Erie in New York.

Justin Yelen, 24, parked it by the lake in the Buffalo area on Sunday night.

However, sub-zero temperatures and strong winds meant water blowing over the vehicle turned it into this remarkable ice sculpture.

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Matthew Bové, a reporter for Buffalo’s local news channel WKBW, tweeted the image and posted it on Facebook, where it has received thousands of shares.

Bové said:

I don’t even know if pictures do it justice… it seems like there are several inches of thick ice surrounding the car.

“I really don’t know how they’re eventually going to move this car. This is an image that’ll stick with me for years and years to come,” he said.

After the image went viral, Bové and his team tracked down the owner, Yelen, who told WKBW that he left the car by the lake overnight because he’d been drinking with friends and didn’t want to drive. Not surprisingly, he also said he hopes summer comes soon.

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The Buffalo area has been hit by severe weather conditions as gusts of up to 70 km/ph and temperatures as low as -8 Celsius grip the region.

Yelen will probably have to wait a while before retrieving his frozen car as more harsh weather is forecast.

Here at home, we’re in for a cold night (but nothing quite on that scale) as temperatures dip down as low as -2.

It’s set to remain cold in the coming days – and Met Éireann’s warning it could dip down to -5 on Friday night.

- Charles Clark for Business Insider, with reporting by Daragh Brophy. 

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