Here are satellite shots from 2013 vs. 2014. Even with the record cold and thick ice pack, we're definitely ahead of schedule compared to last year.
The gaps are open and the ice looks pretty black. Even though the temps are going to be on the chilly side, wind and rain can do some damage in 10 days. The picture from today should remind everyone that the NW Angle has some pretty significant current. Now's the time to take a mental note on which areas are extra dangerous.