US Coast Guard warns of unsafe ice on Great Lakes

The U.S. Coast Guard is warning that warmer temperatures over the next few days are likely to cause unsafe ice conditions in parts of the Great Lakes.
Associated Press
Jan 11, 2013


Forecasts of temperatures in the 50s and 60s in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and western New York state mean the ice on Lake Erie and other lakes and rivers could be dangerously thin.

The Coast Guard warns that ice always can be dangerous and unpredictable. It says anyone venturing out on the ice should take proper precautions, no matter the weather.

The Coast Guard recommends that people know the conditions before going out and never go alone. It also recommends wearing the proper clothing and taking equipment such as a life preserver.




AP apparently gave newspapers all over the region a worse than useless article. Going on frozen bodies of water always require far more precautions that this obviously abbreviated article implies. Even in the best conditions the ice is dangerous and calls for several precautions. In the worst conditions, death is assured. Understanding the risks in a particular case requires knowledge and experience.

ODNR has a pretty good web page on ice safety:

OSU Extension Service has a detailed 6-page PDF fact sheet:


I wouldn't go out on the ice if it were 50 below zero for ten years!

Whiskey Tango F...

more room and more fun for everyone else! As stated above...Keep your cranium out of your rectum and you won' t have problems! I wish all of these freezing temps would hurry up already!