Winter on the ice - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Winter on the ice

Posted: Updated:

With winter in full swing that has not stopped Montanans from getting outdoors and having fun!
But Great Falls Fire and Rescue said there are some areas where your fun could put you in danger if you are not careful.

There are several winter sports you can do on iced over waterways such as snowmobiling, skiing, and of course ice skating to name a few.
However, before you lace up those skates and hit the ice there are some things you should know.
GFFR Lieutenant Spencer Swingley said even at negative degree temperatures it is not always safe to walk out on any ice, let alone the river. 

"When there's 12-13 inches on a good lake, you might only have a couple inches  on the river here because it doesn't get frozen like it does. " said Swingley.

He said that's because water moves in a river
As opposed to a lake, where water is not going anywhere so it has a higher chance to freeze.
"You just never know it could think in one spot and thin in another being on a river you just can't trust being thick enough to walk on," said Swingley. 

He added you need to watch for pressure ridges.
The areas where the ice comes up because its less stable 
"The risk isn't worth the benefit for them to go on the river," said Swingley.


Adding although this may seem like common sense, it's not always the case. 
"We have ponds around here that would be perfectly good to skate on city parks like Gibson park would be a great place to skate on I wouldn't just trust the river to skate," said Swingley.


During an ice rescue, responders have to think about several things, such as how long can they stay on the ice ledge.
Will they get to the victim before hypothermia sets in,which can take only minutes.  
Lieutenant Spencer said if you do fall find a stable ice ledge to help keep you mostly out of the water. 

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Thursday, May 24 2018 10:54 AM EDT2018-05-24 14:54:36 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:12 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:12:04 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLOImage Courtesy KXLO

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

  • Man ticketed after motorcycle accident, no license

    Man ticketed after motorcycle accident, no license

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-05-27 02:50:57 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 6:35 PM EDT2018-05-27 22:35:58 GMT

     A person was rushed to the hospital after a motorcycle accident on Central Avenue in Great Falls. The reporter on the scene tells us that a motorcycle was laying in the middle of the road and we are not sure how this accident happened but witnesses say that the motorcycle just flipped out of nowhere. We are still working details to find out the condition of that person.

     A person was rushed to the hospital after a motorcycle accident on Central Avenue in Great Falls. The reporter on the scene tells us that a motorcycle was laying in the middle of the road and we are not sure how this accident happened but witnesses say that the motorcycle just flipped out of nowhere. We are still working details to find out the condition of that person.

  • Montana school bus provider accused of dealing meth

    Montana school bus provider accused of dealing meth

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:01 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:01:11 GMT

    The man entrusted with providing school bus service to students in St. Ignatius was arrested Thursday on drug charges. 

    The man entrusted with providing school bus service to students in St. Ignatius was arrested Thursday on drug charges. 

  • Man Killed While Kayaking in Carbon County

    Man Killed While Kayaking in Carbon County

    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:43 PM EDT2018-05-27 23:43:26 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-05-27 23:58:56 GMT

    One person is dead after taking his kayak on Rock Creek in Carbon County. 

    One person is dead after taking his kayak on Rock Creek in Carbon County. 

  • Montana family's Cancun vacation derailed by serious injury

    Montana family's Cancun vacation derailed by serious injury

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:14 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:14:37 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:14 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:14:37 GMT

    A family from Malta on vacation in Cancun has had their dream vacation come to a terrible conclusion after a dive off of a dock resulted in a broken spine.

    A family from Malta on vacation in Cancun has had their dream vacation come to a terrible conclusion after a dive off of a dock resulted in a broken spine.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Thursday, May 24 2018 10:54 AM EDT2018-05-24 14:54:36 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:12 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:12:04 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLOImage Courtesy KXLO

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

  • DEET or not to DEET

    DEET or not to DEET

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:51 AM EDT2018-05-24 13:51:34 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:51 AM EDT2018-05-24 13:51:34 GMT
    To DEET or not to DEET… that is the question. You might not think it matters as long as it keeps those pesky mosquitoes away, but you might want to take a closer look at that bug spray bottle before you spray it on you or your kiddo's.  One of the biggest concerns when it comes to bug spray is if the chemical N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, more commonly known as ‘DEET’, is safe to use; especially on children. The good news is that you’re 100% in the clear. ...
    To DEET or not to DEET… that is the question. You might not think it matters as long as it keeps those pesky mosquitoes away, but you might want to take a closer look at that bug spray bottle before you spray it on you or your kiddo's.  One of the biggest concerns when it comes to bug spray is if the chemical N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, more commonly known as ‘DEET’, is safe to use; especially on children. The good news is that you’re 100% in the clear. ...
  • Is social media pressuring Montanans to change their faces?

    Is social media pressuring Montanans to change their faces?

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:02 PM EDT2018-05-23 16:02:12 GMT

    In a time when there's pressure to always look perfect for your next selfie, we found out even Montanans are showing a growing interest in procedures to enhance their face.

    In a time when there's pressure to always look perfect for your next selfie, we found out even Montanans are showing a growing interest in procedures to enhance their face.

  • Tuesday standoff suspect involved in 2014 standoff with GFPD

    Tuesday standoff suspect involved in 2014 standoff with GFPD

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 9:07 PM EDT2018-05-23 01:07:17 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:02 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:02:51 GMT

    The Great Falls Police Department has apprehended a male suspect after he barricaded himself in an apartment building on the 11-hundred block of  7th Avenue South for almost four hours Tuesday. The incident occurred right outside the south entrance of Longfellow Elementary School. Neighbors on the scene told KFBB they witnessed GFPD try to pull over a vehicle, when the man driving jumped out and ran into the apartment complex. Police did tell reporters on scene that this was a ...

    The Great Falls Police Department has apprehended a male suspect after he barricaded himself in an apartment building on the 11-hundred block of  7th Avenue South for almost four hours Tuesday. The incident occurred right outside the south entrance of Longfellow Elementary School. Neighbors on the scene told KFBB they witnessed GFPD try to pull over a vehicle, when the man driving jumped out and ran into the apartment complex. Police did tell reporters on scene that this was a ...

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.