Lake City, MN (KROC AM News) - A team from the US Army Corps of Engineers took another round of measurements of the ice on Lake Pepin Wednesday and found it remains 19-inches thick in some areas despite the recent warm-up.

The thickest ice continues to be found near Lake City and near the south end of the lake.

The mild temperatures have considerably shrunk the area of the lake that remains ice covered and the latest report from the Army Corps of Engineers shows it has retreated about 5 miles since mid-February at the north end of Lake Pepin.

The measurements are taken annually to gauge when it might be possible for the the first barge of the season to make its way north to St. Paul.

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