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Published: Saturday, January 23, 2016 @ 8:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2016 @ 8:27 AM
WESTWOOD, Mass. — After several days of frigid temperatures, some ponds and lakes in Massachusetts are finally frozen over, and that has emergency responders concerned.
“We do hold our breath a bit. We do encourage people to get off the ice,” one first responder told FOX25.
When are frozen ponds safe to walk on?
According to the fire departments FOX25 contacted, pretty much never.
“There's really no way of knowing when the ice is safe,” a first responder said.
Even if you measured its thickness. Five-inch-thick ice can support the weight of a human being, maybe even a couple, but it’s often difficult to tell which part of the pond has ice that thick.
“Could have some kind of a current underneath. So one area might be five inches thick.... you could have something two feet away that's two inches thick,” a first responder told FOX25.
Despite those warning signs, there is no shortage of people headed out on the ice.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:51 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:35 PM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
Tonight: Mainly clear skies are expected tonight, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell, with temperatures hovering in the teens. Wind chills will fall to around zero tonight.
Thursday: Sunny skies return with a slow warm-up getting underway. Highs will be near 30 degrees by late afternoon.
Friday: Mostly sunny and breezy at times with highs reaching the middle 30s.
Saturday: Clouds increase through the day with temperatures in the lower 40s.
Sunday: Cloudy skies with a chance for rain showers. Highs will be above normal in the upper 40s.
Monday: Cloudy skies, gusty winds, and rain showers during the day. Highs will reach near 50 degrees early, but will fall in the afternoon. Rain may mix with, or briefly change to snow, before tapering off Monday evening.
Published: Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 3:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:27 AM
Don’t eat the snow! A study, published in 2016, claimed that eating snow is potentially dangerous, particularly in urban areas.
Dr. Parisa Ariya, a professor at McGill University in Canada, told The Huffington Post that snow in cities can absorb toxic and carcinogenic pollutants and that the snow itself combining with those pollutants can lead to even more dangerous compounds being released.
"Snowflakes are ice particles with various types of surfaces, including several active sites, that can absorb various gaseous or particulate pollutants," she said.
Ariya, who led the study, said she did not "wish to be alarmist," but "as a mother who is an atmospheric physical chemist, I definitely do not suggest my young kids eat snow in urban areas in general."
The study examined how snow interacts with pollutants from car exhaust in the air. Findings showed that snow pulled pollutants like benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene and xylenes from the air. The amount of pollutants concentrated in the snow increased dramatically.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:03 AM
— While temperatures will still be quite cold, a slow warming trend will get underway today, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.
Some sunshine will return to the area and after starting in the single digits, temperatures will rebound to near 20 degrees this afternoon.
Published: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 3:03 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:06 AM
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