Was out snowshoeing today, seeing how bad things were, man are we screwed as far as getting trails in again.
I purposely wore the little Sherpa snowshoes cuz my regular pair of 12 x 60s will let me go over things I end up breaking through with the dogs. The few open leads here have been opening and extending, water under the snow now too in many places, so I thought we may have trouble on some the places we were already crossing. Anyway, didn't break though bad, just shin deep in one place, but it was a place we'd been going over for a few weeks now with no problem, and now...kerplumpf, all just gave way and in I went. I knew it wasn't deep there but that is always a very sickening feeling when the snow and ice give way underneath you!
This is a real freak event for us, we didn't get the rain here, never got above freezing, but some of it was fine hail, there are layers of ice in the snowpack, and even in places where there is no water under the snow the snow was collapsing like crazy when I walked on it, sounds like distant thunder, and rolls in waves for dozens of yards as it collapses. Just very weird conditions, not looking fwd to try to get all the trails in again, we've had heavy winds last few days with snowfall, so it's really drifted in deep in places too.
Just be careful out there over the Thanksgiving weekend, anything frozen may be less frozen now and some rivers could come up too.