Merrimack Fire Department issues warning about thin ice

Unlike last year’s long, snowy and bitterly cold winter, New Hampshire is enjoying a warmer and less snowy winter this year.

Because of this, none of Merrimack’s bodies of water have frozen enough to safely walk on, according to the Merrimack Fire Department.

Despite storms this week, recent springlike temperatures have melted most of the ice, and it will take several weeks of consistently below-freezing temperatures to make ice thick enough to walk on.

At this time, the long range forecast doesn’t show the type of cold needed to freeze the ice to a safe thickness.

Therefore, the Fire Department recommends residents stay off all ice and treat it as it is unsafe.

If a person or pet does fall through the ice, call 911 immediately.