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Ice Dangers

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email

Recent extreme temperatures aren't just getting frost on your windshield, they're also freezing local bodies of water.

And that's making local wildlife experts sound a friendly reminder to use common sense, should you attempt to walk on any ice.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says between 4 to 6 inches is the minimum thickness to keep ice from breaking beneath your feet.

But they also caution, that as a rule of thumb, no ice is safe ice.

"There are issues that cause the thickness to change currents, springs, or even the wind will change things. Realistically, there's no such thing as safe ice, especially in West Virginia," says Scott Morrison with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The DNR warns not to make the mistake of measuring ice thickness in one spot of the water, and assuming that the whole body of water will be the same.


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