Don't try to drive on this

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

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