By David Schuman

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Following a record-breaking October, Minnesota has only added about a half inch of snow this December.

The drought has us on track to tie the least snowy December ever.

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That’s good news for Amy Harl of Wayzata, who likes her sun and sand. Her young daughter, Lily, though, misses building snowmen and sledding.

We’ve seen more days with above-average temperatures than below-average ones. Todd Stauffer, an ice-fishing guide on Lake Minnetonka, needs some cold for the sake of the business he owns — Set the Hook Guide Service.

“Some people will be scared [to book] because of the warmer weather,” Stauffer said.

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He says there are 5 inches of ice right now on Lake Minnetonka, which is enough for portable ice houses, but not for his full size ones, which require 8 inches of ice.

“Wednesday night, it’s supposed to get down to zero and then the next day [should be] single digits, too,” he said. “It should give us a couple more inches [of ice], which should get us there to get [the ice houses] out.”

After more than 9 inches of snow in October, Stauffer says he thought he might get an early start and have the ice houses out in the beginning of December.

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“I thought it was gonna be a long winter with a lot of snow,” Harl said.

David Schuman