FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — In northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, we are surrounded by lakes and rivers.
Since we were in the deep freeze for a few weeks, you may have had the opportunity to ice fish or even walk on ice.
Fast forward to this week where temperatures have soared well above the freezing mark each day.
The warmth will continue into the weekend and beyond.
The latest CPC temperature outlook for early March looks to be above average. The average high for Fort Wayne during this time ranges from 41 to 45 degrees. pic.twitter.com/K2LjqMDHSC
— Meteorologist Beverly Perry (@BeverlyPerryWx) February 25, 2021
As the temperatures warm up, the snow melts and the ice that has formed on lakes and rivers thins out.
At this point locally, if you see ice on a body of water, it is likely unsafe to walk on.
According to the Journal Gazette, the Fort Wayne Fire Department rescued a man after he fell through the ice while attempting to cross the St. Marys River Wednesday night.
Thankfully, the person survived with non-life threatening injuries.
When you fall through ice you can become trapped and die, or you can get hypothermia.
— National Weather Service (@NWS) January 31, 2019
Also, being in the frigid water can cause muscle loss and fatigue to set in much quicker.
With even warmer days ahead, stay off the ice or check with your local DNR office.
While the ice may look fine, it thins out both above and below the water line.
If the body of water has a current or any flow to it, the ice will be unstable.
At the end of the day, there’s no such thing as “safe ice”.
Recently, there have been several reports of people have fallen through thin #Ice around area. Most of the ice in the area is still relatively too thin. Please remember Ice is NEVER 100% safe!#OHwx #PAwx #ThisIsCLE #NWS #Cleveland #Weather #Ohio #LakeErie #GreatLakes pic.twitter.com/viw89Fk27g
— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) February 8, 2021