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Dec 10, 2013 at 8:49 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Temperatures have been consistently runing below average in Minnesota in December, but that doesn't guarantee safe ice conditions are suddently appearing on the state's lakes.

Department of Natural Resources Water Safety Coordinator Kara Owens says heavy snow that fell in parts of the state last week--including more than three feet along the north shore of Lake Superior--can act like an insulating blanket and prevent good, clear ice from forming. 

Owens says just last weekend, two snowmobile trail grooming machines went through the ice near McGregor. She says if you plan on venturing out onto a frozen lake, check with a nearby bait shop or resort owner for a report on ice conditions, and take along a pair of ice picks and a life jacket or float coat in case you fall through. 

Owens says heavy snow that fell can prevent good, solid ice from forming

Owens says the ice should be several inches think before you walk on it

Owens says close calls are still being reported around the state

Owens has some safety precautions for those heading out

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