- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

GILFORD, N.H. (AP) - In a New Hampshire tradition, “ice-out” has been declared on Lake Winnipesaukee - and the earliest one on record.

Ice out is declared when the M/S Mount Washington tourist boat can safely travel between its ports on the state’s largest lake without encountering ice.

Pilot Dave Emerson of Emerson Aviation made the call at 11:30 a.m. Friday during a flight.

Emerson said it’s the earliest “ice-out” for the lake, and the first one declared in the winter season.

The last record was set on March 23, 2012.

Ice-out generally occurs the third week of April. Last year’s ice-out was on April 24.

The latest ice-out was in 1888, on May 12.

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