The U.S. Forest Service is discouraging visitors to the Pisgah National Forest from walking on ice formed along area lakes and rivers. The warning comes following reports of people walking on ice formed on Lake Powhatan outside of Asheville, N.C.
Walking on ice is extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
Visitors who walk on ice run the risk of falling through the ice and drowning or suffering hypothermia. For more information on hypothermia, click here.
Forest Service officials urge visitors to take additional safety measures to protect themselves, family members and pets when visiting the national forests in winter.
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