For the most part, we had snow last night, then this afternoon it changed to just plain old rain. Now that the sun is going down, the rain is turning to sleet. ATL weather says that will turn to snow tonight and we should get a lot of snow before morning. The amount outside at the moment is not excessive, although it's frozen.
I don't expect I'll get out of here until the weekend, and only then if the weather warms up significantly during the day and melts some of this off.
This was taken about half an hour ago. The two sky lights over the study are frozen solid with a thick coating of ice and snow.
The chickens still have to eat. The snow has a coating of frozen sleet over it, so I just threw their food out on that.
If the snow is soft, the food just sinks into it, and when they try to scratch it up they bury the grain in the snow.
I feed them under the old solar panels because that acts as a shield and keeps the snow from getting too deep. Unfortunately, it also means that when it snows, the weaker chickens don't get much to eat. You have to spread the scratch out .
That's the beginning of the trail down the mountain. I tried to walk down slope to where the truck is parked and nearly did a Humpty Dumpty. Under the snow, there's a layer of ice and walking on it is tough.
The chickens are sitting on the dogs straw house. Once inside the small opening, it's pretty warm in there. The floor is made of hay, and the thick bales prevent any wind or moisture from getting in. With two dogs and miscellaneous cats all squashed inside, they stay pretty toasty even in low temps.
This is all that's out there. On three sides of me the national forest stretches away for miles. Downslope, I own the woods as far as the bottom of the mountain. Although it's under snow right now, you can see the Jeep trail on the right hand side of the picture, going down the mountain.
The outbuildings have to be climate controlled because there are lots of supplies and equipment stored out there. Also, Itty Bitty Kitty, the shop cat, doesn't like to get cold.