A week of warm windy weather has melted a lot of ice. Safety Bay, for instance, is pretty much wide open, and Jackfish Bay is going fast.
However, there is still plenty of ice south of Devil’s Gap.
In the photograph above, you can see that the water at Devil’s Gap is getting closer to meeting the water at Keewatin Channel.
A closer look at Town Island reveals patches of water opening up in very soft ice and stretching southward towards Scotty Island.
I was surprised to see numerous patches of water around Middle Island, too. The four pictures above were taken at about 7:30 Friday morning. Some of the blue patches are simply morning shadows, but not all.
Don’t forget: you can click on the pictures and then zoom in.
Late this afternoon, I took another look at the headwaters of the Winnipeg River and Kenora’s waterfront.
Ice on the harbourfront is gone.
The ice around Gun Club Island looks weak, and much more water has opened up in Keewatin Channel over the last few days.
Channel Island is almost completely clear of ice, and Shragges Island really only has ice on the Quiet Bay side. This time last year, Channel Island was still half embedded in strong white ice.
That’s the good news. The bad news is, our little ‘heat wave’ of above normal temperature won’t last much longer. Saturday will be the last warm day, they say, and then we will see several days of below normal temperatures, including overnight lows below freezing. That won’t bring the thaw to a standstill, but it will result in slower progress next week.