Toledo’s historic Ottawa Park Ice Rink opens on Friday but whether or not Bryan’s MacDonald-Ruff Ice Arena opens this year is entirely dependent on the weather.
“With temperatures in the 40s and upper 30s it’s really hard for us to make ice,” Bryan Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Bruce Wheeler said in a phone interview with The Bryan Times Tuesday afternoon.
“As of right now, we’re waiting on the weather to cooperate,” he said. “We need temperatures in the teens to freeze; We’ve found that works best. Unfortunately, mother nature hasn’t cooperated with us.”
It looks like the weather will not be cooperating any time soon, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Roller.
“There’s a small chance, Friday night and into next week it could possibly approach 20 degrees but at this point nothing really drops below that,” he said.
Temperatures could get down into the teens if the sky clears over the weekend, but there is little chance of that happening.
“We’re looking at clouds and light snow all weekend,” he said.
“The other issue is residence time,” Roller said. “Temps probably aren’t going to drop down into that range long enough to make ice any time soon.”