Lake Mendota now frozen over

The Madison area’s largest lake has frozen over Wednesday, the Clean Lakes Alliance said.

A cold snap this week and low wind helped the lake officially freeze, CLA spokesman Adam Sodersten said.

Lake Mendota, the largest lake in the Yahara Watershed, froze 17 days after the smallest lake in the watershed, Lake Wingra, which officially froze on Dec.10, according to the news release.

Sodersten said that though the lakes look solid, the ice may still be thin. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recommends waiting for 3 inches of ice before venturing out on it and walking with a friend . If you plan on ice fishing with friends and gear, at least 4 inches of ice is best.