Local authorities in Hay River say this year’s ice breakup looks to be off to a sluggish start.

However, an update posted by the town’s emergency measures team suggested that may change in the near future.

“Things are moving along a little slower than in the past few years,” read a post emailed to residents by the Town of Hay River’s protective services department on Saturday.

“Chinchaga River [an Alberta tributary of the Hay River] is still frozen and covered in snow as are all the other points along the way up the river.

“Forecasts show that there is a trend toward warmer weather and some rain both in the north and south of the border which should start generating some action.”

Town staff say daily updates will begin later this month, while webcams and data relating to the breakup can be accessed on the Town’s website (where you can also sign up for the emails).