Mar 21, 2014 at 11:00 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Ad the temperatures begin to warm, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning Minnesotans of deteriorating ice conditions on Minnesota's lakes and rivers.
DNR boat and water safety specialist Kara Owens says right now, ice is in the melting stage and thickness levels vary from area to area across the state.
She says many metro area lakes are still ice covered, but both the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers have open water.
Owens says the recent snowfall does not mean ice is safe either. Snow weighs down on the ice and insulates it, preventing cold air form getting through.
There were two ice fatalites in Minnesota this winter. On January 23rd, a 38 year-old ice fisherman died after he broke through the ice on the Minnesota River in Scott County, and on February 15th, an ice fisherman died after falling into open water inside his spearfishing house on Maple Lake in Polk County.
Last winter, Minnesota saw six ice related fatalities.
Temp: 18°F (-8°C)
Wind: 23 NW
Weather: light snow