NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – There was plenty of ice last January at the Ox Bow in Northampton and ice fishing was well underway.
Right now the ice is much too thin and unsafe to go out on, due to the warmer than average temperatures we’ve been experiencing this winter.
Some people who’ve been enjoying the warmer weather haven’t been paying much attention to the ice. “I’m not sure that I noticed to be honest. I noticed this though because this is not freezing and this feels good,” said Kimberly Brochu of Chicopee.
For ice to be safe to walk on it needs to be at least 2 inches thick. It needs to be at least 4 inches thick for ice fishing, 5 inches for snowmobiling and 8 to 12 inches to support a car.
Right now the ice is not safe, even though we have had some cold nights and it has started to form. We would need a prolonged period of cold nights and daytime highs below freezing for the ice to really start to thicken.
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