More unsafe ice warnings as car partially submerges in Prior Lake 24 Jan 12

Photo credit: Lori Carlson, Prior Lake American

It’s finally feeling like winter in Minnesota, but a partially submerged car on Prior Lake proves the ice isn’t completely safe yet.


The State Department of Natural Resources warns ice needs to be at least 8 – 12 inches thick to support a car or small pickup, and 12 to 15 inches for a medium-sized truck. Scott County Deputy Dennis Tietz tells KCHK many factors can affect thickness, such as depth of water under the ice, water chemistry, currents, and even snow cover.

The partially-submerged car and a second vehicle were abandoned late Sunday night on Prior Lake, allegedly because of poor driver judgment. There have been reports of up to 12 inches of ice on area lakes, but according to the DNR ice is seldom the same thickness across an entire body of water.