Freeze-up Watch 2009-10 (false colour) - January 9

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Satellite image of ice freeze-up on Lake Temagami, 2009-10

Posted Sat Jan 9, 2010                                                                         Photo: NASA/NOAA

Flaky ice remains a danger on Lake Temagami

High winds and open water continue to spread flaky ice.

Yesterday five young people on snowmachines drove past the store on Bear lsand, wrote Second Chief John McKenzie in an email. They stopped by the red buoy north of the dock near a big hole.

"They were on very weak ice." Someone on the store dock flagged them down and told them they could not get to their camp.

They were warned of the unsafe conditions and returned to the road landing on the main snowmobile trail. "They were lucky."

McKenzie said the OPP has posted a warning about ice conditions at the landing.

"Hopefully the wind will stop and the lake will freeze up."

A log was removed from the Cross Lake dam in December. As lake water dropped it added to water movement.

"People should check the ice conditions before venturing out on Lake Temagami."



Black open water or thin, clear ice
Dull/ dark blue thin ice with little or no snow cover
Bright turquoise thick ice, snow-covered ice or snow on unforested land  (e.g. clearcuts, farmland)

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