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Ice Conditions Still Dangerous Across New Hampshire

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State officials are warning ice conditions are more dangerous than they appear.

After an unseasonably warm December, a hard frost has settled over New Hampshire, coating many ponds and lakes with a layer of ice. That ice may look solid, but in many cases it’s not nearly thick enough for ice fishing or snow mobiles.

Kevin Jordan with Fish and Game says to hike or fish safely you need four to six inches of solid ice, and for snowmobiling you need eight to ten inches.

"You’re not going to see a lot of that right now," says Jordan. "You’re going to have to really look in some cold spots to find that because it just hasn’t been created yet."

Jordan adds he’s most concerned about people heading onto the state’s larger lakes and ponds, which tend to freeze slowest.

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.
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