Overall, it's been a pretty mild start to winter across parts of Ontario.
Much of southern Ontario and Quebec embraced a warmer December than usual with the average monthly temperature a couple of degrees above normal.
Now, a system pushing in from the U.S. is set to bring more warm air into southern Ontario over the weekend.
Temperatures may even climb into the low double digits by Saturday, which could help to set new daytime high records.
That's great news for those already counting down to spring, but most ice fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts are left feeling frustrated.
Especially since provincial police are warning residents to stay off any ice surfaces as the warmer weather and rain will lead to weak and compromised conditions.
According to Sergeant Ross Lindsay with the Toronto Police Marine Unit, there's a general “1, 10, 1 rule” when it comes to dangerous ice conditions.
“What happens if the ice cracks and you fall into the water is you've got one minute to get your breathing under control, ten minutes for meaningful self rescue to get yourself out and call for help and then about one hour before hypothermia sets in.”
The Canadian Red Cross offers these tips for determining the strength of the ice based on colour:
Using a buddy system, keeping pets on a retractable leash so they are in your control at all times, and staying a good distance back are ways to stay safe around unstable ice.