DNR issues warning regarding ice thickness after fresh snowfall

February 10, 2019 09:27 PM

The fresh layer of snow could give the impression that it's perfect for ice fishing. However, the DNR says the snow has an insulating effect, which slows down the freezing process and can even prevent new ice from forming. 

Because new ice tends to be stronger than old ice, that raises concerns. Additionally, the extra weight of the snow can reduce how much weight the ice sheet can support. Another issue with the snow can lead to water seeping into the cracks in the ice. 

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Still, KSTP witnessed quite a few people hitting the lakes on Sunday, battling the elements, hoping to make a catch. 


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Some ice fishermen told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they took the proper precautions, knowing how snow can impact safety. 

"There's a little bit of snow on top. It always makes me worried so I always [choose] the safe side," said. Ben Papier-Meister, from Minneapolis. "Make sure that it's safe but be careful- I'm always careful! I have a family so I have to be careful."

The DNR says the ice can be two feet thick in one spot and just one inch thick a few yards away. They advise those who are out on the ice to check every 150 feet.

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