GUIDELINE: Ice thickness safety

Massachusetts News

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) — January has been pretty dry in Western Massachusetts and the Capital Region. We’ve had an area of high pressure that’s been pretty stationary over the northeast.

Look at the changes we have this week: high pressure will build out west, but we have low pressure building into the northeast that’s bringing us multiple chances of snow, mainly Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning.

But this month hasn’t been just dry—it’s also been relatively warm. We’ve cooled down the past few days, but overall, this month we’ve had many days above freezing. This makes the ice on local ponds much thinner.

Generally, if the ice is under two inches thick, stay off. If you’re just walking on it, you need three to four inches of ice thickness. If you’re snowmobiling or bringing on ATVs, you need five to six inches of ice. For cars and small trucks, eight to 12 inches, and 12 to 15 inches for larger trucks.

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