It looks like an end to the skating season in the Coves and London with the arrival of above zero temperatures along with steady precipitation, melting most remaining snow and saturating the ice of area ponds.
On March 9, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority released a High Water Safety Bulletin. With the river already at higher than normal levels, forecasted warm temperatures and precipitation for the coming days are likely to melt much of the remaining snowpack causing "watershed streams, rivers and ponds to rise, flooding low lying areas" (UTRCA).
Ice conditions on the Coves are no longer safe. The edges of ditches, creeks and the Coves ponds are saturated, slippery and dangerous and should be avoided. Parents should keep young children away from floodplain areas and teach older children about the risks.