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Lake Winnipesaukee still not frozen; ice-in unusually late

GILFORD – Lake Winnipesaukee is nowhere near frozen and that may impact some planned activities and winter sports on the big lake in the coming weeks. Dave Emerson of Emerson Aviation, who flies over Lake Winnipesaukee and annually declares ice-out in spring, said Monday that he never remembers a winter when it has been so late having ice-in. He said he wonders if a full ice closure will even happen this winter. “We have another three weeks before I write off an ‘ice in,'” he said. Asked when the last time the Big Lake was so open at the end of January, Emerson said, “I can honestly say, never. Usually, the whole lake is frozen for some years, just the Broads are stubborn to catch.” Still, this year, only a few bays and shallow areas have seen some ice and some have lost even that. Stephen Baron, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, ...

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