Information provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
As snow continues to melt, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds winter recreationists that ice in the Twin Cities metro area is deteriorating rapidly.
Right now the ice around the metro is in the melting stage and thickness levels vary from area to area, she said.
Many metro area lakes are still ice covered, but both the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers have open water. The Crow River at St. Michael was also open as of March 17.
The recent snowfall does not mean safe ice either. Snow weighs down on the ice and insulates the ice, preventing cold air from getting through.
So far this winter (November to April), two people have died from falling through the ice or in open water compared to six ice fatalities last winter (2012-2013).
On Jan. 23, a 38-year-old ice fisherman died after he broke through the ice on the Minnesota River in Scott County.
Less than a month later, on Feb. 15, an ice fisherman died after falling into open water inside his spearfishing house on Maple Lake in Polk County.
“The bottom line is it‘s crucial that people do not let their guard down and recognize ice is never 100 percent safe,” Owens said.
For more information on ice safety, visit the Minnesota DNR’s website.