Saskatoon’s frozen bodies of water no longer safe

With the first official day of spring quickly approaching, officials in Saskatoon are warning people to stay off frozen bodies of water. Devin Sauer / Global News

SASKATOON – Although the first official day of spring is not until March 20, officials say it’s no longer safe to be out on frozen lakes and ponds in the city. The Saskatoon Fire Department is urging people to stay off outdoor ice surfaces which are unpredictable at this time of year.

While it is never safe to be out on the South Saskatchewan River ice, the fire department said Tuesday it is now unsafe for recreationalists to be on frozen bodies of water.

Signage is currently being changed to reflect this hazard.

Warm weather has also resulted in standing water on the city’s storm retention ponds which makes them unsafe to the public, according to officials.

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Saskatoon is expected to hit a high of plus four Tuesday and reach positive double digits by the weekend.

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Due to recent temperatures, the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink by the Delta Bessborough hotel closed for the season on March 8.

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