We still have plenty of snow lying around. But we're finally enjoying some above-freezing temperatures so we can expect a big meltdown. Our roads will remain icy for days yet so we don't plan to leave the community for a while.
The birds don't seem to have minded the snow and they surely have appreciated the water we have available. We have a heated water dish for the sub-freezing weather and the birds really flock to it. We also have several brush piles deeper in the woods to provide shelter for the birds. (And some smaller animals, I am sure.) And some birds actually use the bird boxes for temporary shelter in the winter.
Tufted Titmouse before the snow blew furiously.
The first blast of snow left little on the trees despite the depth on the ground. It started with sleet and the snow came down in fine flakes rather than big fluffy ones. So the snow initially fell off the tree limbs. I'm sure the winds also played a factor.
The snow we got on Saturday night after a very brief respite, was the fluffy kind we are more accustomed to.
You have to love the bright red of the cardinals in the snow
The little wren appreciated the snow cleared from the deck railing.
We are expecting temperatures in the 40s today and tomorrow and that should really help with clearing the roads. We are hoping it won't freeze again overnight because we are expecting rain later tomorrow. So fingers crossed that the warmer temperatures hold.
Schools are still having "Virtual School" days and those will continue for some even after the bricks-and-mortar school days return. Some rural roads will not be safe for school buses long after school resumes. The children living there will continue their work on laptops, tablets, or "blizzard bags."
And we are beginning to finish leftovers, pork roast and turkey. When that's gone we have plenty of food in the freezer and pantry. So we are weathering the storm quite well. And are grateful for that.
Thoughts go out to those who are still struggling in the massive weather system.