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How does snow effect the ice?

Bowhunter57

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I've noticed 4" to 5" of clear ice on most of the ponds that I've been ice fishing. Usual ice growth is 1/4" to 1/2" per 24 hours of below freezing temperatures. This only applies to a static body of water...with no flows under the ice. Otherwise, ice thicknesses could vary.
It's been below freezing for over a week and is going to stay below freezing for another 2 weeks.

Recently recieving 4" of snow on top of the ice and assuming a static body of water (no flows under the ice). How will that effect the ice?

* Will the snow melt the ice, acting as insulation?
* Will the ice maintain its' current thickness and not get any thicker, due to the snow?

Thank you, Bowhunter57
 

jagermeister

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I'm certainly no ice fishing veteran, but from what I've read the snow acts like an insulator and slows ice formation. I doubt it's gonna melt anytime soon, but the deep snow on top will probably keep the thickness right where it's at. I do know that I've been fishing every day since Friday and the ice does not seem to be much thicker than it was then. Hopefully someone with more experience will chime in here.
 

Gern186

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I think you are correct JBrown....the snow acts as insulation and slows down the formation of additional ice, but the thickness that is currently there should remain the same.
 
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Thickness should not degrade with snow unless it is a heavy wet snow. A heavy snow will sometimes "sag" the ice allowing water to flow up onto the ice. It can get sketchy is spots under those conditions especially around the edges.

The snow will slow ice formation but this light fluffy stuff should not slow it too much. With the lows forecasted for the next week the ice should continue to grow.
 

Bowhunter57

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Thanks for the replies, gentlemen! :smiley_bril: It's going to be very cold for many days to come, so I think I'm in good shape, as far as the ice thickness goes.

I'll still be checking the ice as I go, because there's no such thing as "safe ice".

Good hunting, Bowhunter57