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Province issues thin ice advisory for lakes and rivers

Province issues freeze-up advisory for lakes and rivers. Randall Paull/Global News

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation has issued a thin ice advisory for rivers and lakes in southern Manitoba.

Many rivers and lakes for the southern half of the province are still in the process of freezing over, ice is still thin and larger rivers still have open water in some areas.

Snowmobilers, skiers and others are advised not to venture onto rivers and lakes due to the danger of falling through thin ice.

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Thin ice or fragil ice is often covered by snow, which produces weak spots due to its insulating effect.

Areas of fast-flowing water tend to have thin ice that may not be visible.

Once full ice cover is achieved, levels of the Red River and other rivers in southern Manitoba are not expected to change much during the remainder of the winter.

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