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Early Ice and Freezing Temperatures: Superior National Forest Urges Visitors to Plan Ahead

Oct 20, 2020 03:10PM ● By Editor
From Superior National Forest - October 20, 2020

Freezing temperatures across northern Minnesota have resulted in ice formation on local lakes.  Ice formation this year may be slightly earlier than anticipated.  Several smaller lakes have ½ to 1 inch of ice forming and visitors have been caught ill prepared while paddling in rapidly forming ice.  To prevent unnecessary search and rescue, the Superior National Forest reminds visitors to plan ahead and be prepared for a wide variety of conditions like ice, snow, and hail.  Conditions can change rapidly and without warning.  In some cases, adjusting outdoor recreation plans is the best course of action.

Northern Minnesota is under Winter Weather Advisory through Wednesday morning  (October 21).  Additional snow is expected this afternoon/evening with 2-5 inches likely and potential for up to 6 inches in certain areas of the Northland.

Please visit the National Weather Service for more information:

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