KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Enjoying An Unseasonably Warm January Day



Bookmark and Share

No matter where you live across our region, just one step outside during the day on Friday; the first thought that probably comes to mind is, “Is it really January?”

“It’s unbelievable for January,” says Marion Davis of Jasper, Minnesota, who was walking her dog with a friend.

“That’s the reason we do these things. We don’t want to be out when it’s zero in a couple of days,” replied her friend, Rex Tollefson of Pipestone.

“Yeah, in a couple of days. Look! There’s waterfalls underneath all that ice. We walked around on the other side and it looks just like Niagra, like a little spa,” Davis says.

“South Dakota beauty,” Tollefson says in response.

Whether you were out enjoying the great outdoors like these two, or waiting in the long lines to get your car washed; everyone was out enjoying the warm weather before temperatures take another nose-dive over the weekend.

Some even took advantage of the beautiful weather by doing a little ice fishing.  

This time, however, thanks to a little thawing of the ice; most found it wise to leave their trucks parked in the parking lot.

“Four vehicles have gone in on Lake Thompson in the last week, or week and a half, and one vehicle up on Lake Albert; so we’re cautioning anglers to be careful where they drive,” says Dave Lucchesi of South Dakota Game Fish and Parks.

He says although most of the ice is thick enough to walk on, there are some spots that may still be too thin to drive on.

“Sometimes, even under conditions you wouldn’t think there would be a lot of melting, you do get areas of thin ice,” says Lucchesi.  

Experts say if you are going to drive on the ice, to avoid the shallower areas because a lot of sunshine will warm the land around the lake thawing ice along shorelines. Those aren't the only dangerous spots, though.

“Other areas that are dangerous are areas with a current. Anywhere you have a current, ice depth is going to be shallower typically,” says Lucchesi.

One thing is for certain. With another cold snap just around the corner, Friday made for a pleasant day to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, no matter where you were, as long as you were safe.

Experts say most lakes, at this point, have about twelve to fourteen inches of ice; which is plenty for those who want to walk or drive on. However, it’s the areas of lakes mentioned earlier that everyone must use caution in.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Your Sneek Peek Inside The Events Center   story with video

For the last month no one, besides construction workers and managers of the ...

SD GOP Reacts To Dem's EB-5 Claims

Just hours after the South Dakota Democratic Party held a press conference ...

SDDP Attorney: Why Was Corruption Allowed To Spread?

The South Dakota Democratic Party is once again asking for ...

Pat O'Brien Signs New Memoir In Sioux Falls  Sep. 18

Inmate Charged With Murdering Convicted Killer  story with video  Sep. 18

Jackson County Sued Over Indian Voting Issue  Sep. 18

MN Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident Near Milbank  Sep. 18

Wind Cave Offering Free Tours Sept. 27  Sep. 18

Economy Remains Slow In Rural Parts Of 10 States  Sep. 18

Clowns Race Bikes For United Way  Sep. 18

Huron 7th Grade Teacher Arrested  Sep. 18

SF Downtown Beating Sparks Reactions  story with video  Sep. 18

Inmate Indicted For Homicide At State Prison  Sep. 18

Winning Powerball Tickets Sold In 2 SD Cities  Sep. 18

Polls Open In Historic Scottish Independence Vote  Sep. 18

NW Iowa Jailer Fired, Accused Of Harassment  Sep. 18

The Daily Scoop: 9-18-2014  story with video  Sep. 18

Prehistoric Fish Re-Entering Big Stone Lake  Sep. 18

Absentee Voting For General Election Opens Friday  Sep. 18

Texas Roadhouse Shares Tailgating Tips  story with video  Sep. 18

KDLT News Archive
     

Huron 7th Grade Teacher Arrested

A 7th grade teacher in Huron was arrested after allegedly having ...

Inmate Indicted For Homicide At State Prison

The South Dakota Attorney General's office says ...

Winning Powerball Tickets Sold In 2 SD Cities

A Powerball ticket sold in Aberdeen is worth $10,000 in the ...

SF Downtown Beating Sparks Reactions  story with video  Sep. 18

Prehistoric Fish Re-Entering Big Stone Lake  Sep. 18

SD GOP Reacts To Dem's EB-5 Claims  Sep. 18

MN Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident Near Milbank  Sep. 18

NW Iowa Jailer Fired, Accused Of Harassment  Sep. 18

KDLT News Archive
     

Trojans sweep Saints in volleyball

MADISON, S. D. – Dakota State (S. D. ) returned home at ...

Aberdeen and SF Christian win 5-set thrillers  story with video

2 unbeatens met at the Watertown Civic Arena Thursday night and the ...

Riders sweep Pats in softball  story with video

Top-ranked Roosevelt had the bats wormking Thursday night as they swept a doubleheader ...

Treinen another solid start for Washington  story with video  Sep. 18

Jacks can't overlook Beef Bowl opponent  story with video  Sep. 18

Brookings RB's tough to stop!  story with video  Sep. 18

Nelson feels Riders still solid with new QB  story with video  Sep. 18

6 goals for Johnson leads DWU women to big win  Sep. 17

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top