For the past week there have been numerous different sorts of ice formation, but no complete cover. Yesterday morning there were 7 different lake surfaces visible from our window, all very finely differentiated, it was quite remarkable. From the land out we had;
1. shoreline ice, about a week old, covered with 5 cm. of snow and saturated with water running off the land, light grey.
2. shoreline ice, covered with snow but completely dry, snow white.
3. shoreline ice, covered with only a couple of cm. of ice and quite patchy with snow and clear sections of wet ice.
4. open water on top of thin ice, absolutely smooth.
5. New ice with the light dusting of snow we had last night.
6. Open water, absolutely smooth changing quickly to gently wind swept.
7. Older ice that had migrated and collided with standing ice, generating ridges, snowy patches and pools of open water.
This morning it is mostly open water. There is some shoreline ice, except for the western shallow end which is ice covered.
With no hard freeze forecast, this remarkable display might continue for a few more days.