Skip to main content

Don't try to drive on this

Warm weather in Minnesota in February means more photos of thin, dangerous ice.

That photo above is from the Cass County Sheriff's Office. It's supposed to be a landing on Leech Lake, at the popular Walker City Park.

But because of the warm temperatures and rainfall, it's turned into ... well, nothing solid, that's for sure. And just recently a full-size pickup's front end cracked through whatever ice was left and went into the water.

The sheriff's office helped get the car out, and nobody was hurt.

But because the condition is so bad (and it's poor at other landings too), this area has been taped off. They're urging everyone to be careful on area lakes, as they're getting reports of "large ice cracks opening up."

More thin ice incidents

Then there's this one:

That's the most recent scene from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, posted Feb. 16.

"We will keep this one short and to the point: don't drive on Lake Minnetonka," the sheriff's office wrote on Facebook, saying the ice close to shore and on many bays and channels simply can't hold up a vehicle anymore.

There have been no injuries or deaths in the county, the sheriff's office said, but continuing to go out on ice right now is a "life-threatening risk."

And we'll offer you one more image. This is from the Roseville Fire Department on Facebook. Slow-motion video of a rescuer – who is doing this as part of training, hence the large suit – breaking through thin ice.

Ice Rescue Training

A short video from ice rescue training today. Stay off the ice!!

Posted by City of Roseville, MN Fire Department on Sunday, February 19, 2017

This isn't just Minnesota. Even the U.S. Coast Guard, with the unseasonably warm temps, was warning people about the dangers of the Great Lakes right now.

Ice thickness guidelines say the ice should be at least 8-12 inches thick to hold a car or small pickup, and even thicker if you’re driving a larger vehicle.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources suggests checking with your local bait shop so you’re aware of any thin ice areas before going out on a frozen lake, adding ice is never 100 percent safe.

Next Up

Stillwater Prison

Investigation after inmate found dead in cell at Stillwater prison

Drug paraphernalia was found by officers inside the cell.

2 (3)

Focus is on family fitness at this year’s Twin Cities Marathon

Don’t miss out on the running, racing and all the fun things to do for the whole family

Screen Shot 2022-08-18 at 2.29.47 PM

Family's tributes to mother killed by partner in St. Paul murder-suicide

The 30-year-old was killed by her partner, who then killed himself.

FatalEaganCrashSceneAug18

Eagan man killed after crashing into traffic signal

The 30-year-old crashed into a traffic light early Wednesday morning.

Melvin Carter

What's in Mayor Melvin Carter's budget proposal?

Here's what the St. Paul mayor is putting his focus on for the upcoming year.

WCCO building

Digital, streaming employees at WCCO-TV vote to unionize

The 15 employees will join on-air talent and producers as members of the SAG-AFTRA union.

unnamed-3

Police arrest man suspected of sexual assault, weapons threat in Eagan

The investigation prompted a SWAT response in an Eagan neighborhood on Tuesday.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Tuesday, August 16

The latest reporting period averaged just under 1,300 new cases per day.

USATSI_12923669

Jason and Carly Zucker sell Edina home for $4.18M

The property was bought in 2020, months after Jason Zucker was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Related

Another close call on a MN lake prompts officials to warn about thin ice

Unseasonably warm weather creates dangerous conditions on the ice.

Ice on Lake Minnetonka is pretty much gone, party season inches closer

You can get all around Lake Minnetonka now without ice getting in the way.

Ice on Lake Minnetonka is pretty much gone, party season inches closer

You can get all around Lake Minnetonka now without ice getting in the way.

Man falls through ice on MN lake, so do 2 people trying to rescue him

Authorities have been warning that this winter's weather has resulted in "extremely weak ice that is dangerous deceptive in its appearance and how thick it measures."

These warm temps are great – unless you want to drive on the ice

Several cars fell through the ice over the weekend.

Avoid falling through a hole in the ice like this one

Ice is never technically 100 percent safe. But it's really not safe yet.