GILFORD, N.H. (AP) – Temperatures are warming but the official “ice out” declaration for New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee won’t be for a while yet.

Stacy Schoenrock, a pilot for Emerson Aviation, says the ice is getting darker which means it is melting, but the lake still is well covered with ice. She says is may take another week to melt.

“Ice out” is officially declared when the MS Mount Washington can safely make all ports of call on the lake – Weirs Beach, Alton Bay, Wolfeboro and Center Harbor.

Records have been kept since 1851 on ice out, which has come as early as March 29 and as late as May 12.

Information from: Citizen,

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