Nearing the latest lake ice in dates on record

- The 2nd warmest fall on record and the 3rd warmest start to December on record is taking its toll; there’s no ice.  While some areas have seen a little snow recently, many of our lakes and rivers are still completely unfrozen.  Makes sense since the ground is barely frozen a couple inches deep and we have seen 10 days with highs in the 40’s in the month of December.  But now we are getting late enough in the year where we are going to start setting records for the lack of ice on area lakes.  While its not terribly uncommon to see our larger lakes still largely ice free considering it takes far longer for those to freeze, the smaller lakes and ponds are far more unusual.  Here are the average dates that many central MN lakes freeze…

In most cases “ice in” on metro lakes is declared when the whole lake freezes over, usually in the last week of November or the first week of December.   This year though, frozen lakes are few and far between and we’re nearing Christmas.  Here is a peek at the latest ice in dates on area lakes…

Most of them occur after December 19th already, but upon closer inspection, all of the records are before the first of the year.  For example, Lake Calhoun’s latest ice in date is New Year’s Even back in 2001.  For Lake Nokomis it’s December 20, 2001.  Hopefully the cooler conditions over the next couple days will help.  But next week, we will likely be back above freezing each afternoon… not the greatest ice making weather.

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