No Snow, No Ice and No Outdoor Winter Activities

January 09, 2012; 6:33 AM
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The mild start to winter has left the state parks of Pennsylvania without much ice or snow.

The lakes around Pennsylvania are missing the ice fishermen that are usually set up by late December. Lakes have not yet fully frozen over. Temperatures have been too high to allow the ice to form. Four inches of ice is the minimum suggested thickness that is safe to fish on.

For more ice fishing safety tips visit the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Ski resorts have been able to make snow and many are open, but the sledders and ice skaters are having difficulty finding places to practice their sports.

Most of Pennsylvania's state parks are reporting no snow accumulation and no ice on the water. There are a few parks in southwestern Pennsylvania that have enough snow for some activities.

Blue Knob State Park is reporting four inches of snow. The conditions are good for skiing, sled riding and snowmobiling.

About three inches of snow remain at the Pymatuning State Park. Their website reports there is enough snow for some skiing and sledding.

Before heading out to a state park for winter activities, be sure to call ahead for the latest conditions.

The weather for the Pittsburgh area will not change much in the coming week.

"It will be mostly partly to mostly sunny on Monday and Tuesday," said AccuWeather.com meteorologist Brian Edwards. "Monday will have a high temperature of 40 degrees. Tuesday will be milder with a high of 45 degrees. Light rain will move in by Wednesday."

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