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We've been having a fairly mild spring with most of snow more or less melted so far. The lake froze early in December at some near record high levels, but we had a milder winter with less than normal snow conditions, so the water levels have dropped significantly over the winter back to the level they would normally be for this time of year. They have slowed the outflow and are forecasting a slow rise to the water level's now, so that will cause the ice to loosen up some.
Ice conditions are still yet quite solid but there is a less than average ice thickness for this time of year. There is no snow on the ice, just a soft one inch layer of slush, then the solid ice beneath. An ice measurement this morning showed that we only had a total of 18" in the middle of the bay. With no snow to protect it from the warm winds and UV rays, it could be a relatively quick ice out. Forecast is to cool off for the next few days though with highs barely breaking the freezing point and freezing hard at night, and then staying cool and below normal through the Easter weekend. So that will slow down the thaw.
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