Can you take one more photo of the ice?
I did get brave and slowly and cautiously backed my car out of the carport. There was a pretty big chunk of “iceless” ground in front of the well house and since my car is 4 wheel drive, I figured if it started sliding, I could control it when it hit that ground without the ice. I had no trouble getting out of the carport but as I was pulling out of the driveway, I was looking towards where the chickens were and gently touched the brakes and slid completely off the driveway. The roads in town are clear and the overpasses have been sanded and the trucks were out working the area still.
When I got home from town, there is one section of the house roof where the ice was sliding down the “valley” of the roof and it was caught on the gutter. It had already caused a bow in that little strip of the gutter so I got the long BBQ fork because that’s the first thing I saw and tried to chop the ice but I couldn’t reach it. I grabbed an umbrella and stuck the pointed end under the edge of the ice and just the little bit . . maybe 12″ of it came crashing down . . making me real happy I had not put a ladder down there and climbed up on it to get that ice down. You can see how thick the ice still is on those sheets, even with the few warmer days we’ve had.
I’m very thankful for a metal roof that can withstand the ice with no damage.
There’s still those three long pieces of ice that have to come down or melt. They’re in the shade and it’s just not warm enough for it to completely melt today. It will re-freeze tonight but after tomorrow, I think we’ll be free of ice. In fact, my stove will come out in the morning so I’m planning to set the solar oven up and bake a brisket so I’m hoping for an extremely sunny Thursday.