Minus 10 in the Fens - but ice isn’t nice for skating just yet

10:55 16 January 2013

Ice skaters on the Whittlesey Wash.

Ice skaters on the Whittlesey Wash.

Archant

TEMPERATURES dipped well below freezing in the low-lying Fens last night - but skaters are warning people not to take to the ice.

Despite the cold snap, the ice still isn’t thick enough to skate on, Fenland Ice Skating said today.

And while plunging temperatures will see washlands and rivers freezing, it’s warning high water levels underneath mean treacherous conditions.

Today, it said: “Frost at 8am very minimal ice on Welney Wash water rose a few inches and covered the thin ice. If the frosty weather contiues for a few days there may be a chance to skate.

“Danger on Welney Wash and other Fenland venues will be high due to deeper water than usual making it visually difficult to establish where shallow fields end, and rivers and ditches start.”

Experienced skaters say anyone thinking of trying the sport should watch where the locals skate and never take to the ice alone.

0 comments

More news stories

Yesterday, 10:05
Sanctuary housing, Gaul Road, March. Picture: Steve Williams.

A housing association has pledged to get families into their homes by September – after paperwork for drainage delayed the move date by eight months.

Yesterday, 20:05
Melanie Murdoch, pictured running in the Great East Anglia Run.

Two proud brothers have said good luck to their mum through this newspaper as she prepares to take part in her second marathon in just five weeks.

Yesterday, 17:17
A bronze age shield and sword similar to the one found at Chatteris

A Bronze Age spear shield and rapier will be among the artefacts on display when an exhibition about Chatteris’ earliest human occupants, their tools and implements opens next Saturday.

Yesterday, 13:54
Sir Graham Bright.

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright has welcomed a ban on legal highs.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition today E-edition