A lot of people were worried about snow accumulation on the lake. We did not get a ton of snow and from several spots along the north shore you can actually see bare ice. Some of the drifts have covered up the ice chunks along the north shore so I would remain slow and steady on machines when you do get back out there.
Road conditions seem to be improving as the wind begins to lose its teeth. That said, we are still under several winter warnings and wind chill remains a huge threat. As a result, most have opted to stay off Oneida Lake although a few did get out yesterday and today in spite of it all.
Right now it looks like the heavy snow expected for the region is going to dip to the south of Oneida Lake. Lake effect snow is a fickle beast so hopefully that prediction holds and Oneida Lake remains relatively clear of snow.
With a high of zero and a low of -8F tonight, Oneida will continue to make ice. Tomorrow’s forecast is showing clam winds and from late morning to mid-afternoon tomorrow we are looking at about a twenty degree rise in temperature over a six hour window. The first part of the day looks very cold but visibility will be much improved.
Into next week, much warmer weather and reasonable conditions. Highs during the week in the 30s and low 40s, but we will not see a net loss of ice by any means before it turns colder again for next weekend.
I’m expecting increased activity on the lake tomorrow and with that some more detailed reports should come in.