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No Skating, but still Ice Fishing

March 11, 2010 — The mild trend across Ontario is making ice conditions more dangerous, but those who love to fish say there's still plenty of time left.

The current mild trend across southern Ontario is having an affect on ponds and lakes within the region. Richmond Hill in particular has already posted signs on Mill Pond warning people to stay away from the watery surface. So you can forget about lacing up those skates right now.

Even walking on the ice is pretty risky.

“With conditions being so mild lately, frozen ponds and lakes are very dangerous to skate and walk on,” says The Weather Network's meteorologist Brian Dillon.

After several days of sunny skies and warm temperatures, rain is forecast for the weekend. Dillon explains how that will cause even more problems on the ice.

“Rain will make things worse. The water will settle on top of the ice making it look thicker than it actually is and causing it to slowly melt.”

As a result, officials in Burlington have closed the skating pond at Spencer Smith Park.

But the mild weather hasn't seemed to stop ice fishermen.

One fishermen in Huntsville says that although this hasn't been the typical 'Canadian winter' there's still plenty of ice.

“Ice is still strong, 12 ,13 inches thick. It's good for another two to three weeks before we have to get off the lake.”

By next week, Hunstville is expected to see lows below freezing. The day time highs however, are still expected to stay above seasonal.

For the latest details on your Regional Forecast tune into The Weather Network on TV. It airs at the top and bottom of each hour.

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