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September 19, 2018

‘No Ice Is Safe Ice’


Wednesday was a cold day on the Oswego River (and elsewhere).

Contributing photographer Dick Drosse shared this shot of the Oswego River covered with ice and the snow topping it off.

Snow covered ice along the Oswego River south of the Minetto Bridge on Jan. 23, 2013.

Snow covered ice along the Oswego River south of the Minetto Bridge on Jan. 23, 2013.

According to the Coast Guard, “no ice is safe ice.”

The following measurements are the minimum thickness required to support a man or vehicles:

For one person: two inches of ice.

For two men: four inches of ice.

For a snowmobile: five inches of ice.

For a car: eight inches of ice.

For a light truck: 10 to 12 inches of ice.

Ice doesn’t form or maintain uniform thickness.

An ice sheet may vary from 12 inches to only one inch within a distance of 10 feet.

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