I have lived in Michigan for over 45 years and this has been the most brutal winter I can remember. The ice just never melted. We always have ice. We always have snow. But this winter we never had enough sunny days where the temperature crept up just a little to let the sun, together with the rock salt, do its work and give us a dry pavement again.
Even now, after the first week of April, the morning and evening temperatures are usually below freezing, although it is warming up a little during the day.
Here is the last of the ice in my driveway which did finish melting just a few days ago. For most of the winter this was a wide and treacherous swath of ice, three or four inches thick. We just could not get it melted.
And lo and behold! Life returns to Michigan. I was so excited to see these. There are even some crocuses blooming. Today, if we're lucky the temperature could head into the sixties, the warmest yet.
I may just have to get my bike out and go for a ride!