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How safe is thin ice?

It's gotten pretty cold recently and ice has been forming on area rivers and ponds.

It's been cold enough for the ice to form but it's not safe to be out on. It's now the middle of January and after some mild weather in December it's starting to feel more like winter.

The colder temperatures recently have allowed ice to form on many rivers and ponds. But the ice isn't safe and it was hard to find anyone out on the ice at the Oxbow Marina in Northampton.

22News Stormteam Meteorologist Nick Bannin said, "When you temperatures going above freezing during the day below at night and back up during the day you get these melting freezing situations which doesn't really harden up the ice very well."

It's recommended to keep-off ice that is 2 inches or less thick.

You can ice fish when the ice is at least 4 inches thick. Ice 5 to 6 inches thick will support snowmobiles and ATVs, 8 to 12 inches of ice will hold small cars and trucks. And the ice needs to be 12 to 15 inches thick to support medium (Q) sized trucks.

Currents on rivers and streams can create holes in the ice and can make ice thickness unpredictable, because of these factors ice can never be considered completely safe.


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