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 >

Stampede Encourage Giving With Blood Drive  story with video

During the holiday season, the spirit of giving is in full swing. This holiday season one ...

Lessons We Can Learn From Ferguson  story with video

The tension is still there, almost 24 hours after a St. Louis County grand jury decided ...

Gov. Daugaard Appoints New Supreme Court Justice

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed a new justice to the state's ...

2 Men Charged With Trying To Support Islamic State  Nov. 25

Great Bear Opens Early, Other Ski Areas Poised Too  Nov. 25

Missouri Governor: More National Guard In Ferguson  Nov. 25

SD Gov. Daugaard Names Interim Secretary Of Health  Nov. 25

Vandals Damage Holiday Display At Children's Park  Nov. 25

Budgeting Help Available In SD This Holiday Season  Nov. 25

2 Plead Guilty In Connection To Iowa House Fires  Nov. 25

Both Sides Want Judge To Rule On Gay Marriage  Nov. 25

Ferguson: Daylight Reveals Damage  story with video  Nov. 25

E-Pulltabs Finally Gaining Ground In Minnesota  Nov. 25

The Daily Scoop: 11-25-2014  story with video  Nov. 25

Winter Travel Safety Tips  story with video  Nov. 25

Wake Held For Girl Killed By Dogs On Reservation  Nov. 25

South Dakota Corn, Sunflower Harvests Wrapping Up  Nov. 25

Police: Sturgis Man Charged With Shooting Roommate  Nov. 25

2015 Mountain Lion Season Applications Available  Nov. 25

Kevin's Tech Check: Holiday TV Shopping  story with video  Nov. 25

No Injuries In Early Morning House Fire In SF  Nov. 25

KDLT News Archive

Names Released In Fatal Sisseton Shooting

Authorities have released the victims names in a fatal ...

SF Woman Helps Rescue Pine Ridge Dogs  story with video

Dozens of dogs from the Pine Ridge Indian ...

Update: Missing Toronto Teen Returns Home

The Brooking's County Sheriff's Office says a missing ...

Missing Redfield Teen Located  Nov. 24

Charity Dumping: When Trash Is Not Treasured  story with video  Nov. 24

Ferguson Braces For Decision  story with video  Nov. 24

How Police Officers Recognize Firearms  story with video  Nov. 24

Hagel Resigning As Defense Secretary  Nov. 24

KDLT News Archive

Jacks glad to have Sumner back  story with video

Getting a healthy Austin Sumner back in the lineup has been huge for the South Dakota ...

SMSU glad to make first Elite 8  story with video

The Mustangs of SMSU are headed to their first-ever Elite 8 next week in Louisville, KY. They've ...

Balanced attack leads SDSU past Sam Houston  story with video

BROOKINGS, S. D. —The South Dakota State University ...

Allen leads Dakota State over Cougars at USF  story with video  Nov. 24

Chadron State men no match for Jacks at Frost  story with video  Nov. 24

USD Rolls to Big Win over UC-Irvine  Nov. 24

Vikes, Jansen win big over Wildcats  story with video  Nov. 24

Spencer leads Wayne past Augustana  story with video  Nov. 24

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top