A thin layer of ice is beginning to form along the shorlines of most Lake Minnetonka bays, and a misty fog rose from most shallow areas Monday morning.
With temperatures expected to be at or near freezing through at least Thursday, the freeze up should pick up pace over the next few days.
A solid week of temperatures below freezing are needed in order to cover large lakes such as Lake Minnetonka with ice.
Ice two inches thick or less is not safe for humans or pets. Ice fishing and other activities can take place on ice at least four inches thick, and snowmobile or ATVs can travel on ice at least five inches thick. Cars and small pickup trucks need at least eight inches of solid ice, and medium trucks require at least a foot of thickness.
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