Officials concerned over thin ice on ponds, lakes

February 4, 2020 GMT

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials are warning the public about how recent warm temperatures are creating some thin ice conditions on ponds and lakes.

In Meredith, Fire Chief Ken Jones said he’s worried about the Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby.

“I can’t tell you that the ice conditions are safe throughout,” Jones told WMUR-TV. “I’d certainly warn any individual that is going to make entry out to the ice, no matter which pond or lake it is, that they certainly test it as they move forward.”

Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby chairperson Heidi Barrett-Kitchen said they have 5,000 people registered for the event this weekend, but those anglers can drop their lines at any fresh water body in the state.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said there should be at least 6 inches of solid ice before people can safely walk on it, and at least 8 to 10 inches before people use an ATV or a snow machine.

More mild temperatures are expected this week.