Freedom – December 10, 2008 – Winter has arrived at Ossipee Lake. As of yesterday morning, both the Big Lake and Broad Bay have iced over. There is open water where the streams and rivers come in and some areas along shore have 4 – 6 feet of open water. However, the ice is thin and the prediction of 50 degree temperature plus some rain for today may open up most of the iced over areas.
Our first “tracking” snow of the season was last Friday. We had about 2″ of heavy, wet snow that has turned to glare ice where it was not shoveled (my driveway). Temperature has been down to near zero several nights and not much sun to melt the ice and snow. My metal house roof is clear, but north side of the boat house is snow covered. Roads have been clear of ice and snow.
Starting around 9 am yesterday morning we received another 2″ of snow that made my drive to Wolfeboro scary. The plows were out but no sand. The snow ended by late afternoon.
As for the lake level, it has been the usual up and down. Two weeks ago the level was down to near 406.0. Then we received almost 3″ of rain in one day. The level shot up to 407.9 in two days and then began a gradual decline back to near the 406 level today. The state web site is out of date so I can not give you an exact measurement.
Predictions are for snow late Thursday and Friday but quantity will not be predicted until after the storm – if we get it.
King Pine opens for the season on Saturday. They have been making snow. When we drove by last Thursday everything, including the tube run, was snow covered.
Enjoy the holidays and THINK SPRING.