A mild winter means ice goes off Minnesota’s lakes early

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Warmer than average temperatures throughout the month of March meant some early ice-out dates on area lakes. The ice on Lake Minnewaska officially was off March 30, 16 days ahead of the average ice off date of April 15.

Artichoke Lake at Swift County’s western border went off April 1, seven days ahead of the average ice off date of April 8. Norway Lake in Kandiyohi County saw the ice go off March 24, 15 days earlier than the average of April 8.

Early ice out dates in the state are the result of a very mild winter. The January to March period saw temperatures 7.5 degrees above average.

February 2017 went down as the second warmest on record for the Benson area and one of the warmest in the history of the State of Minnesota. Five record high temperatures were broken during the month and three high low temperatures were either tied or broken....


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