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Beware of Lake Michigan ice, Delta County deputies say

ESCANABA, MI— The Delta County Sheriff’s Office says “don’t trust the ice” on Lake Michigan right now.

A short period of cooler temperatures has created a thin sheet of ice on the water. But officials say conditions are constantly changing, even from the beginning to the end of the day.

Deputies are sharing tips from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The DNR says there’s no reliable “inch thickness” to determine if ice is safe; the strongest ice is clear with a bluish tint; weak ice appears milky; stay off ice with slush on top; and if there’s ice on the lake but water around the shoreline, be extra cautious.

The full list of ice safety tips is here.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.