Thinning ice after weekend warm-up

Our mini warm-up over the weekend may have melted some ice in area ponds and lakes.

22News is working for you to make sure you’re safe if you venture out on the ice.

According to the East Longmeadow Fire Department, four inches is the minimum thickness for ice fishing or walking on ice.

Ed McCandlish of the East Longmeadow Fire Department says this time of year, the ice thickness can vary with wide temperature changes.

“I would say going into and coming out of the ice season are going to be your two most vulnerable and dangerous times, because the ice either hasn’t established that thickness yet or is beginning to lose that thickness,” McCandlish said.

Checking with your local department of public works or fire department for daily ice conditions is a good idea.

Also, always go with a buddy if you plan to go on ice.

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