After a week long cold wave and two snowfalls, it’s no surprise ponds and streams have at least partially frozen over. Chief Meteorologist Tony Cavalier made a list of ice safety tips.
Rule number one is adult supervision. Don't walk or skate upon a pond or stream unless an adult is with you. When a pond is frozen, it may look safe, but how's a kid, or for that matter an adult, to know?
Rule number two is you have to know the personality and the depth of the stream you are about to go on. Walking on a shallow pond with thick ice is a lot different than testing a deep pond where the ice is thin.
Rule number three is to use the old Minnesota adage, the “34 defense rule.” Three nights below 10 degrees will produce four inches of ice.
Rule number four is beware snow covered ice surfaces. They look safe for sure, but how thick is the ice underneath the snow? That’s all that counts.