A bunch of MN lakes are seeing their earliest ice-out dates on record

Lake Calhoun is among the lakes to break earliest ice-out date records.

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.

The map below shows the lakes that have set records this year thanks to the recent warm weather and crazy strong wind gusts we've been having (you can see all the records online here).

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:

Lake Calhoun 2017 Ice Out Time Lapse

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

You can keep track of this year's ice-out dates on the Minnesota Climatology Office's Facebook page, and see all current and past ice-out information on the DNR's website here.

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