Several WICOLA Board members report Lake Ice Observations to the Minnesota DNR. Their observations will occasionally be posted here as a reverence to WICOLA members.
Remember, there really is no sure answer as to when Ice is safe. You can't judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength is based on all these factors -- plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, currents, water chemistry, movement of fish, and the distribution of the load on the ice.
For more information on Ice Safety, follow this link to the Minnesota DNR website; http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html
White Iron was not open yesterday afternoon (11/29/15). Also this morning (11/30/15) White Iron was completely covered and still covered at 4 pm. So I would call White Iron ice in and covered for 11/29 unless it opens up with warm weather this week.
As a side note, the current 5 day forecast calls for high temperatures in the lower to mid 30’s with lows generally in the 20’s.
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