After something like 5 weeks of above normal temperatures, our "more typical" winter weather returned in early February. I can't say that late January was springlike but for a few days, all the snow was gone out of my yard. I even saw a couple of bugs flying around on two different days! Might have been flu bugs ...
Yesterday was the first time that there has been any thawing in several weeks. The snow that had fallen in recent storms was something of a pristine white but had little chance to make puddles. Wind gusts of nearly 50mph blew the moisture on into Montana!
Robins fled this area months ago for warmer locations but a sharp-shinned hawk was around much of yesterday trying his best in all that wind to make lunch out of an English sparrow in my neighbor's spruce trees.
We will see a few more afternoons with above freezing temperatures this week, the forecasters are saying. However, those days will also have snow with, maybe, a little rain mixed in. It's all decidedly un-springlike around here but, at least, there is indoor warmth.
Make everything as simple as possible but not simpler. ~ Albert Einstein