MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota is experiencing record warmth this month, and the Department of Natural Resources is advising those venturing out onto the ice to be extra careful.
In a news release Thursday, the DNR said ice thickness varies widely across the state, especially as temperatures warm and the sun angle intensifies. Some lakes already have areas of open water.READ MORE: Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Menards Armed Robbery Suspect
âTake extra safety precautions around the ice right now,â said Lisa Dugan, a DNR recreation safety outreach coordinator, in a statement. âJust because a particular spot was safe yesterday â or even an hour ago â doesnât mean it is now.â
So far this season, there have been three ice-related fatalities in Minnesota, as well as several reports of vehicles breaking through the ice.READ MORE: 3 Teens Arrested In Connection To Drive-By Shootings In Northern Minnesota
Those heading out onto the ice are encouraged to wear a lifejacket. The DNR also advises that ice-goers wear ice picks and carry a chisel to check the ice frequently.
Be especially careful near shorelines and public access sites, the DNR says. Hazardous areas also include bridges, channel, culverts and streams.MORE NEWS: Sen. Tina Smith Cosponsors Bill That Aims To Expand SCOTUS, Abolish Filibuster: ’Doing Nothing Is Not An Option’
On Tuesday, the Twin Cities broke a high temperature record when the mercury reached 63 degrees. The previous record was set in 1878.