Spotter Plane Calls 'Ice Out' On Lake Winnipesaukee | New Hampshire Public Radio

Spotter Plane Calls 'Ice Out' On Lake Winnipesaukee

Apr 6, 2020

Emerson Aviation declared "ice out" on Lake Winnipesaukee Monday morning.
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It’s the unofficial start of spring in New Hampshire – as Lake Winnipesaukee has been declared ice-free.

In keeping with tradition, a spotter plane with Emerson Aviation made the call Monday morning.

The lake is considered “iced out” when all the ports for the cruise boat Mount Washington are ice-free – in Alton Bay, Weirs Beach, Center Harbor, Meredith and Wolfeboro.

This year’s ice-out comes earlier than average. It follows a mild winter, when the ice runway on the lake was unable to open safely.

Historically, Winnipesaukee has thawed in mid- to late April.