Friday, March 5, 2010

Lake Erie Ice Danger

The combination of warm temps and winds pushing offshore by Sunday will create the potential for ice floes.  This will be a very dangerous weekend, and the Coast Guard and local law enforcement officials are urging people to stay off the ice.  The main section of ice in the southwestern area of the lake has the potential to break away and drift northward towards Canada.

In addition to the potential for the entire ice mass to move will be individual cracks and separations within that main area.

Essentially, conditions are ideal this weekend for a major change in the lake's surface.  Anyone on the ice this weekend risks being stranded on a chunk of ice, or falling into the lake through weak ice.