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Ice out progressing north into central Minnesota lakes

Apr 17, 2020 08:28PM ● By Editor

Photo: MPR News

By Paul Huttner of Minnesota Public Radio News - April 17, 2020

Ice-out is moving north through central Minnesota. Higher temperatures, sunshine and gusty winds are helping to break up the ice on many Minnesota lakes.

Ice-out is now happening in many central Minnesota lakes in some of the most popular recreation areas.

Ice out progress Friday
Ice out progress Friday. Graphic: Minnesota DNR 

Gull Lake chain losing ice

The latest Minnesota DNR ice-out report shows some of the lakes in the Gull Lakes chain near Brainerd are now ice-free. 

This NASA MODIS 250-meter satellite shot from Thursday afternoon shows a mix of open water and remaining ice cover. You can also clearly see Mille Lacs and Leech lakes holding ice cover for now.

NASA MODIS 250-meter visible satellite image Thursday
NASA MODIS 250-meter visible satellite image Thursday. NASA via University of Wisconsin-Madison

Faster ice-out next week

Higher temperatures next week will speed up the pace of ice-out in northern Minnesota. I expect we’ll see ice out on many Iron Range and other northern Minnesota lakes next week. 

Here’s a look at temperature forecasts for Duluth into next week.

Temperature forecast for Duluth
Temperature forecast for Duluth  Graphic: NOAA via Weather Bell

To read the original article and see related reporting, follow this link to the MPR News website.
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