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Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain, viewed Saturday from the ferry pier in Essex.

Don Lehman

Three weeks ago it seemed like we were in the throes of the worst winter in decades, deep snow and record-breaking cold taking hold.

Well we have had three weekends in a row of warmer weather, and a lot of the snow is gone. It appeared in early January that Lake George would be iced over early and ice fishermen would be hitting the deepwater far earlier than usual.

Well, much of Lake George is still wide open, though we saw plenty of shanties and tipups on the lake's bays and on Schroon Lake and parts of Lake Champlain during some outings this weekend. (The lake north of Westport was wide open, though.)

The snowmobile trails in our region that were busy for weeks are empty now, coated with little but ice in many spots.

While Sunday's sun and near 50-degree temperature may make it seem like winter is almost over, it's far from it. We will undoubtedly get a few more snowstorms, and a couple of cold snaps. But that warm sun, and daylight well past 5 p.m. these days, are definitely a reminder that we have turned the corner, and it's time to start thinking about spring.

-- Don Lehman

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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