As I mentioned in a previous post, this time last year the ice was in and here to stay. The season has been so mild that we are still pretty far away from "ice in". The lake is cold, though, and ready. All it takes is a few hours of below zero temperatures for the ice to start forming. Below is a picture of a calmer area near the shore where you can see thin patches of ice forming on top of the water. This thin ice moves with the water, wind and currents and if the lake gets too rough, it will dissipate once again.
Smaller ponds and marshes were frozen this morning. The photo below is of the marsh below Swords. Winter is trying to take hold, and may this weekend with snow and colder temperatures in the forecast. Come Monday, it will all go away again, there are more mild, rainy days on the way.