Unseasonably warm weather wreaks havoc on ice conditions

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A vehicle sank into Lake Minnetonka on Saturday morning.

The Hennepin County sheriff's office reported that two men were driving a pickup truck on Smith's Bay when the truck broke through the ice. The men were able to escape through the windows of the truck, and neither was harmed, according to the Pioneer Press.

This is the second vehicle to have sunk after breaking through the ice in a week.

An SUV carrying a man and child sank on Jan. 29, also on Lake Minnetonka. Both the man and child escaped unharmed as well.

The ice's instability is an effect of the unpredictable freezing and thawing cycle caused by the unseasonably warm weather.

Jan. snowfall checked-in as the third-lightest on record, and some cherry trees in the nation's capital are already budding, according to the Daily Mail Reporter.

At least four inches of ice is recommended for walking and activities, and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is calling for caution from residents, reported Minnesota Public Radio.

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