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With Warmer Weather, Be Extra Wary Of Going Out On Ice and Follow DNR Ice Thickness Recommendations

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It’s been a pretty mild week, with the warmest day potentially Thursday.  Thursday will start nice and sunny, with a hi temp near 40 degrees before a potential rain and ice event hits Thursday night into Friday and then changes to snow.  With warm temps comes an increased danger of going out onto the ice.  A safe spot you were fishing on on one day could turn into a danger zone the next.

The Northland’s NewsCenter posted a story that reminds us of how thick ice should be before venturing out onto it.

The official 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.

Also, keep in mind that 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.

Have fun out there, but play it safe.

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