The Hydrologic Forecast Centre of Manitoba Infrastructure advises that water bodies in the province are in the process of freezing over. Ice is still very thin and larger rivers still have open water in some areas.
The centre cautions:
- snowmobilers, skiers and others are advised not to venture onto rivers and lakes if at all possible due to the danger of falling through;
- thin ice is often covered by snow, which produces weak spots due to its insulating effect;
- areas of fast-flowing water tend to have thinner ice at this time of the year, which may not be visible; and
- ice conditions on most southern and central Manitoba rivers may be dangerous now through mid-December.