DNR Warns; Warmer Weather Could Lead to Ice Dangers

By KBJR News 1

DNR Warns; Warmer Weather Could Lead to Ice Dangers

January 9, 2013 Updated Jan 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota DNR is warning those who go out onto the ice to use extra caution due to this week's warmer temperatures.

The past few days have seen temperatures hovering above and below freezing (32°F) making the ice on some frozen lakes, rivers or ponds brittle.

“Anglers or snowmobilers might be safe in one spot one day, but might fall through in the same place the very next day," says Kara Owens, DNR boat and water safety specialist.

So far this winter, there have been no ice-related deaths in Minnesota. Last winter, four people died after falling through the ice.

“We want people to get out and enjoy our weather, but remember ice is never 100 percent safe,” she said. “Don’t put yourself or someone else in danger by going out on thin ice. No fish is worth your life.”

DNR clear ice minimum thickness recommendations are:
- 4 inches for walking.
- 5 inches for a snowmobile or ATV.
- 8-12 inches for a car.
- 12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck.

Owens added when the temperature rises above freezing for six hours during a 24 hour period, people should double the recommended minimum thicknesses. If temperatures rise above freezing for 24 hours or more, they should stay off the ice.

Owens recommends anyone heading out on the ice should wear a life jacket, carry a set of ice picks, check with a local bait shop or resort— ask about ice conditions— and measure the ice.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns