Ice is out on most metro lakes, but water is still very cold


The ice is out a lot earlier than last year on metro lakes, but it's not a good idea to dive in just yet.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's office warns the water is still "dangerously cold," WCCO reports.

The water temperatures are around 43 degrees, and hypothermia can set in in three minutes for anyone who enters water that cold, according to WCCO.

The DNR declared an ice-out on a chain of lakes in south Minneapolis Friday.

The popular west metro Lake Minnetonka still had some ice in the middle Saturday, but by Sunday morning officials in Hennepin County declared ice out – three weeks earlier than last year, the Star Tribune reports.

FOX 9 reports the last time ice-out was this early was in 2010, when Minnetonka was ice-free on April 2.

The DNR ice out map shows the lakes that are iced out.

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