Coast Guard warns gale winds increase ice dangers

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard advises all Great Lakes residents and ice fishing enthusiasts to be aware of gale winds in excess of 35 knots out of the east-northeast, Thursday, which may cause large breaks in lake ice.

“Any persons on the ice should be aware of the potential hazardous conditions,” said Paul Angelillo, Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, Command Center.

The National Weather Service reports the gale force winds are expected to continue through Friday and will shift direction to the north-northwest.

According to the NWS, the potential for breaks are very high on Lake Erie and the Lake Ontario ice packs, for instance.

The Coast Guard reminds all citizens that Great Lakes ice is dangerous and unpredictable, even when high winds are not present.

To encourage personal safety and awareness, the Coast Guard recommends everyone to abide by the following:

I – Intelligence
C – Clothing
E – Equipment

Intelligence – know the weather and ice conditions, know where you’re going, and know how to call for help.

Clothing – have proper clothing to prevent hypothermia.

Equipment – have proper equipment: marine radio, life jackets, screw drivers/ice picks, etc.

For more information on weather conditions on the Great Lakes, CLICK HERE.

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