Our winters are a continual snow cover followed by complete melting, followed by snow cover and then complete melting. Over and over and over.
So, although the first half of January brought us 20 inches of the white stuff, it is now all gone, thanks to 3-4 days with temps in the 40s and 50s. The ice on the bay has melted considerably, ditto the ice dunes along the lake shore. We were also able to walk through the paths in the woods for the first time in quite a while. Look what I found on some snowless tree stumps by hermitage #1.
Here's a look at our own lake front. The ice/sand dunes are still there, but totally over the beach. The water is clear.