With the official start to spring less than three weeks away, this is the time of year when frozen lakes and ice can become extremely dangerous.
There have already been two deaths this week alone as a result of thin ice. And with temperatures only set to get warmer, people are being advised to stay off lakes, rivers and ponds.
The Canadian Red Cross says ice thickness should be:
At this point in the season, many frozen lakes are no longer thick enough for activities like skating, snowmobiling or even ice fishing.
In late February, mild temperatures and melting snow forced the National Capital Commission to close the Rideau Canal. And by Monday, March 15th, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources requires that fishermen remove their huts from the Ottawa River. Violators could face fines ranging from $150 to $25,000.
The onset of spring will again bring melting snow, rain and breakup of ice along rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. So in addition to melting ice, people also have to be on the look-out for fast-flowing water.
The Weather Network released its' 2010 Spring Outlook forecast today. For more details on what you can expect in the upcoming season, tune into The Weather Network on TV.