Unusually warm conditions in northwestern Canada have for a second winter in a row prevented a seasonal “ice bridge” from forming over the Yukon River to connect Dawson City with West Dawson.
During summer, the two sides are connected by a ferry, but in winter, residents have to wait for the water to freeze over to make the crossing. The ice bridge has historically been open to traffic by mid-December.
Crews worked for a week to create an “ice Band-Aid” by spraying a cold mist to cap a 300-foot-wide stretch of the river with ice. But the project proved impractical when daytime temperatures didn’t stay below freezing.
The typical Dawson high temperature for January is about minus 8 Fahrenheit.