Ice Out: Much of Southern & Central MN Now Ice Free - KMSP-TV

Ice Out: Much of Southern & Central MN Now Ice Free

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Now that temperatures have finally started to warm, it can start to feel and look more like spring.  Ice has been a persistent fixture on Minnesota lakes since December, but now it’s really beginning to melt away.  According to the Department of Natural Resources, much of the ice on southern and central Minnesota lakes has melted, leaving them ice free and able to start warming to their summer and more comfortable temperatures.  This doesn’t apply to every lake just yet, with some metro area lakes still with icy, but with 60’s and 70’s in the forecast into next week, it shouldn’t take long for whatever’s left to just fade away.  Here is the current status of lakes in the southern half of the state according to the DNR…

Now compare those colors to what we see in an “average” year…

Notice that not all of the points are color coated yet meaning some lakes in the central part of the state (and all of the north) have yet to be deemed ice free.  It also appears that ice out is running about 1 to 2 weeks late this year… which makes sense because of the extremely cold winter.  Looks like it could be another month before all of the lakes are ice free in Minnesota.

Another way to tell is by this false color image of the state.  In this image, snow and ice appear light blue (teal), clouds appear white, the ground appears normal, but lakes with no ice appear the dark blue color we are all used to seeing.

You can see that the lakes in northern MN are still that teal color, while the small lakes and the Mississippi in southern MN are dark blue. 

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