In Minneapolis we just received a nice big dump of snow! Yeah! It is definitely more fun to live in a cold weather climate if you have snow to play in.
For those of you new to ice lantern making, snow on top of or around your ice lanterns can slow or stop the freezing process. Unless that is your goal, my suggestion is to remove any snow from the tops of the balloons and at least a few inches around the bottom to allow cold air access to the balloon surface.
If you have buckets of water out to freeze, clear the snow away from the bottom of the bucket, but consider leaving the snow that has accumulated on top. Why? I find that the top of a bucket, because it is exposed directly to the air, is thicker than the sides. So if you leave the snow on top, that part will slow or stop freezing and make it more uniform. Just an idea.
Enjoy the weather and the glow!
Contact me with questions, suggestions or to send me photos of your ice lantern creations!