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Ice looks nice, but it’s not thick enough to be hot-mopped by city

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: November 9, 2018
  • Published November 8, 2018

Jim Tuomi, top right, skates with his sons Marc, 11, and Jack, 9. Potter Marsh attracted ice skaters on Monday. (Marc Lester / ADN)

The ice looks nice, but be careful out there if you plan to skate or fish on Anchorage lakes.

Plenty of people are venturing onto the ice, some with hockey sticks and fishing poles, but the ice isn't thick enough yet for the city to hot-mop places like Goose Lake, Cheney Lake or Westchester Lagoon.

"We do identify when the ice gets to certain depths so we can bring vehicles on it. That has not happened yet," Anchorage Parks and Recreation superintendent Josh Durand said Thursday.

Durand said ice needs to be 10 to 12 inches thick before the city's maintenance vehicles are allowed to drive on it. He noted that during a recent visit to Jewel Lake, ice around the edges was about two inches thick.

"The warm spell does not help," he said of Thursday's above-freezing temperatures.

The city's trail and ice report has not been updated this winter and still includes information from last winter. Durand said the city will update ice conditions on the online report "when we get to the depth we require."