MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — This cold weather is good for some things, like making ice for fishing. But as WCCO found out, this year – it’s complicated.
While the temps are low enough for ice-making, the conditions aren’t as nice as they might seem.READ MORE: Academy Of Holy Angels Sends Students Home Due To 'Unforeseen Emergency'
Jeff Heinrichs owns Ice Fishing Warriors, an icefishing cabin rental service on Lake Minnetonka.
“It is very deceiving, a lot of people will come out and think they can just drive wherever they want and they should be checking the ice wherever they go,” he said.
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He blames the lack of ice on the abundance of snow.
“It’s insulating and so that cold air is trying to get through that snow,” he said.
Heinrichs measured one snow-covered part of ice on Lake Minnetonka at 10 inches. Just feet away, in the area where the snow was plowed, the ice was 16 inches.MORE NEWS: Minnesota Weather: Tuesday Brings Big, Blustery Temperature Swing
Heinrichs says despite the deep cold, it’s important to check any ice before you venture out.