Published on: March 1, 2021

Be Careful if You Venture on the Ice!

On these first days of March, as rainfall becomes more frequent, we remind you that it can be dangerous to venture on the ice of a lake, pond or river.

Remember, there is no such thing as 100% safe ice. Many factors affect the strength of ice besides thickness and this winter has been a particular one.

Always be aware that ice seldom freezes uniformly. For example, it can be 12 inches where you are and less than 2 inches thick a few yards away. Weather and temperature changes cause thawing and refreezing.

Pockets of air can form under the ice on lakes and rivers or even small ponds where the water levels can change quickly.

Currently large amounts of snow are on our lakes and rivers; however, the mild winter has not provided as much ice as in the past. The presence of slush on top of the frozen surface also causes issues with safety.

For all of these reasons, we recommend being extremely cautious if you chose to venture out on any ice surface.

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