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'Brutally Cold' Weather Could Strengthen Pond Ice

Outdoor enthusiasts have been waiting two years for good ice. This week they may finally get that; at their own risk.

If you haven't noticed yet, it's cold outside, very cold. For some people however, the cold is a good sign.

Many types of outdoor sports require strong, safe ice. There's pond hockey, ice fishing and some snowmobile trails that cross ponds.

Last week, fire departments across the region were saying they would not recommend going out on the ice. Many departments refrain from saying the ice is safe to err on the side of caution.

"Based on my training and experience, the only 'safe' ice is that of an indoor rink," Holliston Fire Chief Michael Cassidy said.

However, for residents that are willing to take the risk on ice safety, the cold weather is great for their morale.

"It is likely that some back yard temperatures in the usual cold spots could be in the range from 5 to 10 below zero," Jim Arnold, weather specialist with the Shrewsbury Emergency Management Agency, said.

Here are some local favorites for residents that like to hit the ice.

Indoor Rinks:

  • Edward F. Loring Arena (Framingham)
  • Navin Skating Arena (Marlborough)
  • North Star Youth Forum (Westborough)
  • William L. Chase Ice Arena (Natick)

Later in the winter, when ice is hopefully stronger and safer, some popular skating spots include:

  • Dean Park (Shrewsbury)
  • Lake Winthrop (Holliston)
  • Golden Pond (Hopkinton) 
  • Farm Pond (Sherborn)
  • Louisa Lake (Milford)
  • Elm Park (Worcester)
Mark Cain January 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Time for ice fishing
D Z-B January 23, 2013 at 01:05 PM
There were humans with children and dogs on Jordan Pond and Mill Pond last week during the thaw. Can we at least keep the children and dogs safe, please?
Ray Fellows January 23, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Love this weather, ice fishing and pond hockey time!

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