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    Default How fast will ice form in this weather

    How fast do you all think ice will form in weather this
    Lets say the lake is froze over and there is little or no snow on the ice.
    1", 2", 3" a day??

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    Depends on temp, and ice thickness.

    Assuming by todays temps you mean about 0 degrees, you add 3.8 inches of ice per 24 hours to skim ice. Of course, as the ice thickens is gets harder to make ice. With 2 inches of ice at 0 degrees yhou make 2.7 inches per day, at 4 inches you make 2.1, and at 6 inches of ice you only make 1.7 inches per day.

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    does the wind factor into the equation at all?

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    so it wouldnt have been unrealistic to put on 4 to 5 inches from sunday morning through tomorrow morning? that seems like a lot, but I like the idea of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutbum View Post
    does the wind factor into the equation at all?
    I'm guessing wind is only a factor when there is some open water. Once there is a layer of ice and its this cold, I'm sure wind doesn't play into it too much.

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    There are really too many variables for there to be a specific answer to this question. Currents under the water play a part, water depth plays a part, and as mentioned snow and wind play a huge part.

    Also, not all ice is created equal. Clear, hard ice is much stronger than the white stuff, and we have a lot of funky ice around here right now because we had such a warm day on December 13.

    We're making ice now, and fast, but proceed with extreme caution on any and all ice this time of year. I saw holes drilled 20 yards from open water today. Tomorrow that will be 20 yards from a thin skim of ice under a couple of inches of snow, and it will all look the same.
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    so would a general rule of thumb be shallower water freezes at a higher rate? or would this even be variable due to the possibility of spring being more prevalent, and the water being more impressionable from day to day highs and lows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flatcoats View Post
    so would a general rule of thumb be shallower water freezes at a higher rate? or would this even be variable due to the possibility of spring being more prevalent, and the water being more impressionable from day to day highs and lows?
    No easy answers. I drove around Lake Manawa this evening after a meeting with the Friends of Manawa.

    We've had over 24 hours of subzero-or-close-to-it temperatures, and I saw open water in the following places:

    > Immediately adjacent to shore
    > Off the ends and sides of jetties
    > Out in the middle
    > In two wide swaths cutting across the lake
    > Near the bridges
    > Near aerated docks

    I saw thick, hard ice in all the same places (except the bridges and docks). There are just too many variables. Later in the year it gets safer to just assume you'll have enough everywhere, but this this time of year, a thin spot could be anywhere.

    I use a spud bar and whack the ice in front of me every other step. I learned this trick from Dave Genz.
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