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The only thing predictable about this winter's ice? Its unpredictability

Feb 09, 2023 04:24PM ● By Content Editor
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By JONAH KAPLAN - CBS Minnesota News - February 7, 2023

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recommends at least 4 inches of ice to walk, and at least 5 inches for a snowmobile or an ATV. Up to a foot of ice can support a car, but an SUV needs more than that to support it.

Those guidelines, though, really only apply to newer, clear ice. When melting snow blends in to make a whiter-looking ice, air bubbles reduce its buoyancy, which means you should measure at least double the depth before venturing out.

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