This week, we’re looking at several days in the 60s to be followed by some rain. Most measurements show us being somewhere in the top 3-5 snowiest winters every up here in the Great Northwoods, so there’s plenty of the white stuff to melt. Fishermen still report 25 to 30 plus inches of ice with frozen snow/slush on top for many of the the larger lakes around so we won’t be seeing open water and general ice out soon. Even with warm weather that will knock down the snow piles and open up some iced in areas, there’s a long ways to go. For that reason, I wanted to share with you some pictures of blue skies, open water and melting winter. It gives up hope. These are from the Kawishiwi Falls hiking trail, just outside of town here in Ely on Fall Lake.