It’s the time of year when many Minnesotans start watching their favorite lake for ice-in.
Bigger lakes up north like Red, Winnibigoshish, and Leech are mostly ice-covered. NASA’s MODIS 1,000-meter resolution visible satellite image shows most of the bigger lakes in central and southern Minnesota are still ice-free.
You can see the black open water clearly surrounded by white snow cover.
With the colder weather this week, ice is rapidly growing on smaller lakes and ponds across Minnesota. I noticed Lake Bavaria in Chaska had a thin but milky cover of ice Tuesday morning.
Temperatures over the next week will be mild during the afternoon hours, but well below freezing overnight. So, we’ll be making more ice in the next week, but thickness and stability will be questionable.
Ice that has formed is still not safe across most of Minnesota. Here’s a good guide to remember as you think about activities on our Minnesota lakes this winter.
Be careful out there!