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Ice out moving rapidly north this spring

Apr 04, 2020 06:04AM ● By Editor
Open water on Excelsior Bay on Lake Minnetonka Tuesday.  Photo: Maynard's webcam


By Paul Huttner of MPR News - April 3, 2020 

Watching the lake disappear on your favorite lake. It’s an annual rite of spring in Minnesota.

We earn our springs and summers in Minnesota. Spring in Minnesota is the promise that summer keeps.

Early ice out

Most lakes in southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities are now ice-free. There are even a few ice-free lakes north of the Twin Cities now. You can check your favorite lake here.

Ice out dates
Ice out dates .  Graphic: Minnesota DNR 

Many southern Minnesota lakes are seeing ice cover vanish one to two weeks earlier than average this spring. Twin Cities bellwether lakes White Bear and Minnetonka went out Thursday, April 2. That’s nine days earlier than the long-term average

Ice out dates for Twin Cities lakes
Ice out dates for Twin Cities lakes  Graphic: Minnesota DNR 

Mild into next week

Milder air returns this weekend into next week. The weather pattern favors more ice-out reports from central Minnesota over the next week.

Temperature forecast for Twin Cities
Temperature forecast for Twin Cities.  Graphic: NOAA via Weather Bell


To read the original article and see related weather reporting, follow this link to the MPR News website.  https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/04/03/ice-out-moving-rapidly-north-this-spring
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