We are getting reports of folks getting onto the ice off Sylvan Beach and Big Bay. A spud is a necessity, a few folks tested things along the north shore and reported one whack and back with ice at or less than 1″ yesterday. There was more cold air after that, but we are back above freezing now and the top of the ice, at least along the north shore, has that gray, slushy look to it. There were people out yesterday on areas that were open less than twenty-four hours before. Reports from Sylvan Beach say 3-4″ of black ice with some white ice in the mix and some soft spots. That is surprising a bit, as we expected more shelf-type ice, but maybe that is the case further out as you move west. Another report came in of 2-2.5″ off Three Mile Bay, but very sketchy. For those asking, no machines.
We are back above freezing during the day today and tomorrow before some very bitter cold moves in for the weekend. We are looking at a potential snowmaker moving up the east coast for Monday, which would not be good at this point. Please be safe out there and take all the necessary precautions, we are looking at variable, early ice with a lot of tempting but unsafe areas.