Safety and emergency officials are warning everyone to stay off the ice on area lakes, ponds and rivers.
The warnings follow not only the recent thaw, but also two deaths that were the results of falls through thin ice and other incidents in which people needed rescues after such falls.
The fatalities were reported Thursday at the Shenango River Reservoir in Mercer County and Saturday at Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park in Butler County. The victims were identified as 56 year-old Jean Black from Hubbard, Ohio, who had apparently ventured onto the Shenango Reservoir to try to rescue her two dogs, and 71 year-old Kenneth Andres, from Summit, who had been ice fishing on Lake Arthur.
Officials say Andres was still alive when he was rescued on Saturday, but he died shortly after he was transported to Butler Memorial Hospital.
Meanwhile, a man was rescued Sunday morning from a pond on private property in Pine Township near Grove City. The man, whose name was not released, was trying to rescue a stray dog which had wandered onto the ice. He had used a kayak to move himself across the ice, but the boat went through the ice. The dog also went under, and did not live.
And, two people were rescued after a fall through the ice on Pymatuning Lake late Saturday afternoon. One of the individuals was hospitalized in Greenville. The identities of those involved were not released.