Ice out progressing north into central Minnesota lakes
Apr 17, 2020 08:28PM
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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.
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.
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.
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