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That time of year: Ice creeps onto roads, disrupting traffic


It happens every year, as Minnesota turns from its frigid winter to the warmer spring: Ice flows creep up from their home on the lake surface and into roads, backyards and other hard surfaces.

Highway 169 along Mille Lacs Lake saw two instances this week. The first (a picture of which is above) happened Monday just south of Garrison, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said, while warning motorists to watch for "crews, equipment and ice."

Then, Wednesday night, a seemingly larger chunk of frozen leftovers took over the highway in the same area, FOX 9 reports. Here's what that one looked like.

MnDOT said both directions on the roadway were "completely covered with ice." It was cleared by about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.

One MnDOT official told the Brainerd Dispatch high winds and ice-out conditions can lead to ice flows taking over a road in just 15 minutes.

Of course, the shores of Mille Lacs Lake seem prone to the picturesque, yet very disruptive, ice movements. Last year, a nearby stretch of Highway 169 had to be closed due to ice coming from the lake.

The even more dramatic ice ridges have grabbed a lot of attention too, specifically this 2013 video if an ice wave taking over a yard.

Similarly, ice heaves were spotted in some areas of the state last month, including some beautiful ones on Gull Lake (pictured below).

Around that same time, property owners in Otter Tail County told Detroit Lakes Online that ice heaves were particularly damaging this year so far.

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