December 03, 2018 02:56 PM
The official start to winter isn't until Dec. 21.
However, Minnesota has already witnessed snowfalls and colder temperatures.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources advises that now is a great time to talk with children about the dangers of ice.
According to a release sent out by the DNR, ice thickness varies greatly on lakes, ponds and rivers throughout the state. Some water bodies have none, while others have several inches.
"Ice, especially early ice with snow cover, is extremely deceptive because you can't see dangerous cracks or the thickness of the ice under the snow," DNR Conservation Officer Adam Block said in the release. "Parents need to teach their kids that ice is never 100 percent safe. If your child is near the ice, you should be near your child."
With many children out of school for holiday breaks, the DNR says they may look toward newly forming ice for entertainment.
Ice Safety Guidelines:
Minimum Ice Thickness Guidelines:
*Courtesy of the Minnesota DNR
Updated: December 03, 2018 02:56 PM
Created: November 23, 2018 02:35 PM
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