For the first time this winter, the green flag began flying beside the Trent-Severn Waterway canal below the Peterborough Lift Lock, meaning the ice is safe and skating on the canal is officially allowed.
The City of Peterborough’s public works department maintains the ice surface on the canal, as allowed by weather conditions, with a flag flying beside the canal to indicate the status.
A green flag means ice conditions are safe and skating is permitted, and a red flag means the opposite. The green flag went up on Wednesday (February 1).
With an arctic cold front bringing frigid air to the area over the next 48 hours, you might want delay your skating plans at the canal until the weekend.
On Friday, there will be a risk of frostbite with wind chill values -37°C in the morning and -32°C in the afternoon.
Temperatures will warm up over the weekend, with a high of -9°C on Saturday and a high of 1°C on Sunday, with a chance of snow on both days.
VIDEO: Skating on the canal