Northern Michigan Outdoors: Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie is issuing a warning that warmer temperatures will greatly increase the possibility of weakened ice in the area.
The recent trend and prediction of warmer temperatures has caused extremely hazardous ice conditions throughout Northern Michigan, including Marquette Harbor, Munising Bay, the Straits of Mackinac and surrounding bodies of water.
"Ice conditions throughout the Straits of Mackinac will rapidly deteriorate with the warmer temperatures the region is experiencing," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Beatty, officer-in-charge of Coast Guard Station St Ignace, Michigan.
"With the prediction of warmer temperatures over the next several days, there is a concern that people will be at risk for falling through the ice."
"Munising Bay and Marquette Harbor may see fluctuating ice characteristics," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Kuhn, operations petty officer at Coast Guard Station Marquette, Michigan.
“Ice enthusiasts in these areas are likely to see deteriorating ice conditions starting tomorrow and lasting through the weekend with temperatures forecasted in the upper 30s."
For more information about this warning, contact 906-635-3233.
The Coast Guard warns people to never venture out on the ice alone, and proper precautions should always be taken before heading out on the water or the ice.
When venturing out, a person should think I.C.E. as a precaution: