The Vancouver Parks Board has issued a thin ice warning to the many people who have been playing pond hockey over the past few days.
“With warming temperatures, it is not safe for people to go on the ice that has formed on lakes and ponds,” the board said in a prepared statement released Sunday morning.
“Staff monitor the ice thickness daily, and at the moment, the average ice thickness is less than 3.5 inches, when it needs to be between 7-8 inches to be safe.”
The unusually cold weather across south-west B.C. over the past week has led to ponds and small lakes in the region freezing over and making perfect spots for ice skating and hockey.
Among the most popular spots to skate in the city were Vanier Park, Jericho Beach Park and Trout Lake.
According to parks board, if you fall through the ice yell for help, reach and grab onto the ice, kick hard and push your stomach onto the ice then roll like a log on the ice.
“If you can’t get yourself out, hang onto the ice and keep yelling until help comes,” the parks board said.
On Sunday morning a snowfall warning that was in effect for Metro Vancouver lifted as the weather warmed.
The weather is expected to be wet and cold, but not freezing, over the next few days.
Meanwhile B.C. Ferries has cancelled multiple sailings Sunday due to high winds, including all trips from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay and back.