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Wisconsin Public Service warns of thin ice near hydroelectric facilities

A thin ice warning sign.
A thin ice warning sign.

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - As cold as it's been, you might think it's impossible to fall through the ice -- but you'd be wrong.  

The Wisconsin Public Service utility says the ice remains thin near hydroelectric facilities, even after it was 15 to 30-below for a sizable length of time this month.  

WPS generation official Bill Bosacki says the ice is often thin, inconsistent, and unsafe near hydroelectric dams and adjacent reservoirs. That's because the water under the ice flows a lot more quickly than it does elsewhere.  

Bosacki says the utility has signs, ropes, and barriers warning folks to stay away from thin ice -- but anglers have been setting up shop inside the boundaries anyway.  

Also, another bout of cold weather is on the way for Monday night and Tuesday.

Parts of northern Wisconsin could get down to 20-below overnight. Even at that temperature, Bosacki says folks should not be lulled into thinking the ice at the hydroelectric dams are safe.  

Wisconsin Public Service has 15 of those facilities in about the northeast quarter of the state.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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