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Rain causing problems for ice?

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I was thinking of going out today. Will the rain make the ice unsafe?

I was headed to mokomis where I heard ice was 3-5 inches. Where I am headed, 5 inches.

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It should not affect the saftey of the ice but may make the top layer slippery...I would be more worried about the roads there and back

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I don't know, I see the rain melting off my driveway nicely. I think it's going to turn the top layer of ice into a bad layer. Just be careful and keep checking the thickness. Watch your driving coming back because it's going to be bad. When I was on the ice yesterday, it was cracking all over the place.

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I'm thinking this rain could be a mixed blessing. my thoughts are that its melting the snow which is acting as an insulator and later this week the temp is supposed to dip again so we get more ice (at least thats how im thinking about it)...but right now im not gonna take my chances on the ice

happy holidays and good fishing

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If you go out wear your cleats. Loos15 and I were sliding around everywhere last night. The surface of the ice had a layer of water on top in most areas. That covered with a bit of snow makes for a slick mess. Wear water proof cloths and ice cleats.

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I haven't been by Nokomis today, but the snow was getting wet and heavy when I was there yesterday. If the rain melted the snow significantly, it could be a good thing, with the temps that are coming for the next couple days. I'll still be carrying my spud and spikes for a while, though.

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With as cold a it's going to get over the next week the ice should be fine. In fact the rain should be better than a thick blanket of snow.

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