MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – This cold weather is good for some things, like making ice for fishing. But as WCCO discovered, this year it’s complicated.
Although the temperatures are low enough for ice making, the conditions are not as pleasant as they might seem.
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Jeff Heinrichs owns Ice Fishing Warriors, an ice fishing cabin rental service on Lake Minnetonka.
“It’s very misleading, a lot of people are going to think they can just drive where they want and they should check the ice wherever they go,” he said.
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He attributes the lack of ice to the abundance of snow.
“It’s insulating and so the cold air tries to get through that snow,” he said.
Heinrichs measured a portion of snow covered ice on Lake Minnetonka at 10 inches. A few yards away, in the area where the snow was cleared, the ice was 16 inches.
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Heinrichs says that despite the intense cold, it’s important to check for any ice before you venture out.