MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – While it’s hard not to notice — and enjoy — the fact that temperatures are climbing, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind you that the ice is thinning on area lakes.

The warmer temperatures have varied the thickness of the ice on many lakes, and on some, like Lake Minnetonka, there is open water.

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If you plan on going out onto a lake, the sheriff’s office advises you to:

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— Avoid channels, like those on Lake Minnesota that claimed multiple lives this winter.
— To wear a life jacket if you plan to walk or ride a snowmobile or ATV over the ice.
— To Keep your pets on a leash.
— To Know that no ice is safe.

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Over the winter, 25 cars broke through the ice and sank in Hennepin County lakes. The vast majority of those incidents (24) happened on Lake Minnetonka. Tragically, three people died as a result of two of those incidents.