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Two renegade skaters take to the ice at the Forks Tuesday even after the main river trail was closed for the season.

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Two renegade skaters take to the ice at the Forks Tuesday even after the main river trail was closed for the season. Photo Store

Another sign that spring is arriving in Winnipeg: the river skating trail has closed for the season.

The Forks made the announcement this morning. Warm temperatures over the weekend through Monday softened the ice and snow-packed trail on the Assiniboine and Red Rivers to the point where it’s unsafe for the public.

Crews actually closed off a good section Monday (between the Hugo Street access point and the Donald Street Bridge), as water run-off from the bridges and banks flooded the trail.

The 6.5-kilometre skating trail officially opened Jan. 10 and was in operation for 60 days total, or just over eight weeks.

Surprisingly, considering the bitterly cold conditions Winnipeg went through the last few months, the river trail was actually open for a longer stretch last winter (nine weeks total).

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Updated on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10:43 AM CDT: Writethru.

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