If Monday's tornadoes weren't a big enough sign we're having an early spring, here's another.
Some lakes in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota are already free of ice – or close to it – marking some of the earliest ice-out dates on record.
Typically, lakes in southern Minnesota are declared free of ice in late March to early April, while central and northern Minnesota's average ice-out dates are in mid- to late-April, the DNR's website shows.
Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis was among the lakes to set a record for earliest ice-out date on Tuesday, the DNR's website shows. KARE 11 reporter Jeff Edmondson posted a time-lapse video of the lake losing its ice:
Look at this: Ice Out occurred today on Lake Calhoun. The earliest on record.
Posted by Jeff Edmondson on Tuesday, March 7, 2017
And Lake Minnetonka is getting really close to being ice free, according to posts on Rockvam Boat Yards Facebook page. If the lake is declared ice free before March 11, it'll break a record that was set 139 years ago, in 1878.
Here's Rockvam Boat Yards video from West Arm on Lake Minnetonka on March 6:
Posted by Rockvam Boat Yards, Inc. on Monday, March 6, 2017