Warmer Weather Leads to Ice Dangers

Published 02/14 2014 08:11PM

Updated 02/14 2014 08:49PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) All the cold weather this winter has frozen over many local lakes and ponds but that doesn't mean the ice is safe.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is cautioning people to be safe as the weather warms up.

The ice will start to weaken as ponds begin to thaw out.

Officials say if you're going to be on or near water it's important to pay attention to deteriorating ice conditions because you can't judge the strength of ice just by its appearance.

"There are going to be places where the water melts first or the snow melts fist creating big open pockets of water on top of the ice, which makes it extremely slick and you could fall on it," said Conservation agent Eric Dennis. "Plus, that water warms up faster and it's going to open up the ice faster underneath you."

The Conservation Department says to check the ice every 10 feet -- beginning at the shore -- all the way to where you plan to stop.

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