Last year at this time it was 11 degrees. Today it's currrently 14. Not a whole lot of difference and it is my sincere hope that we don't see another polar vortex. It began snowing and sub zeroing at the beginning of January and just kept coming. Our Christmas village didn't get put away until the last days of that month because everything was snowed and iced in.
Here's what New Year's and the days following looked like last year.
New Year's Day. Non threatening snow, kind of fun. And then a day or two later...
The seminary houses and campus buildings have very steep, slate stone roofs which will hold snow just so long before it roars down. You can hear it before you see it, kind of like the sound of a train in the distance. Problem is you never know exactly when it will happen or what part of the roof it will come from. This was right in front of our front door. Thankfully we were inside. Everyone here has learned not to walk to close to the edge of buildings after a big snow or ice storm.