I wasn't shocked by how fast the snow settled down when the warm up hit us. As the one to two feet of new snow we received over the last week or so hadn't ever been melted down. But what did shock me was how fast the base softened up. So I started checking on something and here is what I came up with. It has been a very mild winter when it comes to night time lows and I think that is the reason why things softened up so fast. There is no good frost in the ground and the base is getting hit from both sides by warmth. The parking lot out back is melted down to the grass in one area and a guest pulling out this morning put ruts in the yard.....no frost. I compared 2015 to this year, as we all know 2016 wasn't anything to talk about.
Avg. Temp Avg. Temp
Jan 8 23
Feb 6 23
Jan and Feb of 2015 at least half of the night time lows dipped below zero and I'm talking 10 to 20 below. This Jan. we had fours nights below zero, one being 16 below and the other three had an avg of 5 below. Feb. so far we have had only one night and that went to 1 below....big deal.