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.