THIN ICE: Once Frozen Water Now Showing Signs Of Life - KMSP-TV

THIN ICE: Once Frozen Water Now Showing Signs Of Life

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Meteorologist Steve Frazier Meteorologist Steve Frazier

The ice is falling apart faster than a cheap paper towel. Its been a long time coming and they're finally here, the above freezing temps. The once frozen bodies of water around the state are now starting to show signs of life. After a long and cold winter it is easy to let your guard down, but the spring thaw is another reason to watch out for thin ice. Below is a list of ice depths and the corresponding amounts of weight that they should handle. Keep in mind that these depths are "Clear Ice" depths. The latest freeze and thaw cycles have left a lot of iffy layers of ice across the state.

The strength of clear ice versus white ice, or snow ice, can be vary as much as 50%. It's a good idea to double the above thickness for snow ice conditions. So, how do you measure ice for safety? If you're not an avid ice fisher with your own chisel or auger, you can always ask your local bait shop and other locals. You can also use a cordless drill to make a small hole and then use a tape measure to find the exact depth.








Several factors that you may never think of can affect the safety of ice. Temperature, snow cover, currents, springs and rough fish are just a few examples. Also keep in mind that ice is seldom the same thickness over an entire body of water; it can be two feet thick in one place and one inch thick a few yards away. Check the ice at least every 150 feet.

Water is cold, and Hypothermia, when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it, can occur in minutes. Stay safe everyone and enjoy the best that Minnesota has to offer. Also check out this related blog on warm weather and ice jams.

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