The Meerschap Paterswolde have warned that the ice on the largest lake in the Groningen is too thin
It is not yet safe to skate on the Paterswoldsemeer, according to the authority Meerschap Paterswolde:
“Even without the Coronavirus, the ice would not be good enough to be able to organise skating this weekend,” said director Karin Hunziker on behalf of the Meerschap. As reported by the GIC.
According to Schaatsvereniging Scharlakenhof, there was about six centimeters of ice on the lake on Thursday. In the night from Wednesday to Thursday, only two centimeters had grown. “The ice is only growing slowly,” said the association. “In many places it is also brittle snow ice and that is not strong. A single skater gets over it safely, but it is unsafe for large groups of skaters. ” The association will be back on the ice this afternoon for measurements.
Meerschap Paterswolde warned on Thursday about the bad ice, after many skaters took to the lake. Director Hunziker said on Friday morning that the ice has probably grown further during the night from Thursday to Friday. “But the sun also rose all day yesterday. This can also lead to the ice thickness having decreased first, ”she says. “The whole lake is just not safe enough to skate on yet. The signals are not green. And I don’t think we’ll be setting the signals to green this weekend either. ”
According to Hunziker, the skating association is busy with ice measurements on a daily basis. “Normally they do this to see if skating can be organised. That is not allowed now. But even without Coronavirus, no tour could be organised this weekend because the ice is not thick enough ”, says Hunziker.