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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:59 am

Many lakes have ice on top, but Maine Warden Service urges caution
The mix of snow and rain that has fallen in southern Maine can make some ice unsafe even if it's several inches thick, officials say.

...Gayton said plenty of people were out on the ice on Sunday, but the Maine Warden Service is urging people to check the ice first.

“The only thing you can do is check it with an ice chisel,” said Cpl. John MacDonald, spokesman for the Maine Warden Service. “The little snowstorms we’ve had have obscured the top of the ice, and it gives a false impression of safety.”

Generally speaking, ice should be at least 2 inches thick to support the weight of a human, MacDonald said.

But all ice is not created equal.

“In southern Maine, in Cumberland and York counties, you have 3 to 4 inches of ice. It’s not the best because some rain and snow is mixed in,” he said, and that affects the structure of the ice so that it doesn’t support as much weight.

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