Ice out moving rapidly north this spring

Ice is out three to four weeks earlier than the past two years on many Minnesota lakes

Watching the lake disappear on your favorite lake. It’s an annual rite of spring in Minnesota.

We earn our springs and summers in Minnesota. Spring in Minnesota is the promise that summer keeps.

Excelsior Bay on Lake Minnetonka Tuesday
Open water on Excelsior Bay on Lake Minnetonka Tuesday
Maynard's webcam

Early ice out

Most lakes in southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities are now ice-free. There are even a few ice-free lakes north of the Twin Cities now. You can check your favorite lake here.

Ice out dates
Ice out dates
Minnesota DNR

Many southern Minnesota lakes are seeing ice cover vanish one to two weeks earlier than average this spring. Twin Cities bellwether lakes White Bear and Minnetonka went out Thursday, April 2. That’s nine days earlier than the long-term average

Ice out dates for Twin Cities lakes
Ice out dates for Twin Cities lakes
Minnesota DNR

Mild into next week

Milder air returns this weekend into next week. The weather pattern favors more ice-out reports from central Minnesota over the next week.

Temperature forecast for Twin Cities
Temperature forecast for Twin Cities
NOAA via Weather Bell

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