The yard will not look like this much longer. The forecast for Sunday is freezing rain turning to just rain in the afternoon as a low pressure system moves through our area. We'll see lots of melting and possibly localized flooding .
So far the winter in the Great Lakes region has provided lots of variety and one certainty: higher than normal precipitation (of all types). The spring runoff this year may help raise the water levels in lakes Michigan, Erie and Ontario.
For a post on those levels, see the item in November entitled Why is the water dropping in the Great Lakes? The link is here.