~Snow showers can confuse data to look like sea ice but there are some differences.
First off, JAXA extent data kept showing some expansion less one day since the almost official minima, this is confirmed on satellite pictures, but sea ice is scattering thinner, eventually dispersion will show up in the data, extent expansion should stall, even despite the 15% rules:
Invasion of what is left of the Multiyear ice shows striking image, the top sea ice is smooth the bottom ravaged by -1 C water. Top sea ice layer has less salt and would be the last to go. But this bergybit is surrounded by what appears to be smooth sea ice, look carefully, it is submerged fresh snow for the most part some segments have the snow sticking above water level.