Overnight the precipitation turned to all rain, and it rained hard - we got over 2.5 inches by the time it tapered off late Christmas afternoon. On top of the snow we already had, and with temperatures hovering right around freezing for most of the day, and then dropping into the 20sF overnight, it was a perfect ice scenario. The horses stayed in except for brief turnouts - the rain was very cold and heavy. More stall picking in the afternoon.
But overnight, it snowed, and it's been snowing all day so far - we're supposed to get another 5" or so before it stops. I like snow anyway - it's beautiful and the horses enjoy it - but this time I'm especially grateful since it's providing footing on top of the ice - in many places it's even bonding a bit to the ice surface. This means the horses were able to be turned out today - the furriest ones without blankets - it's neat to see how well-insulated they are as the snow piles up on their backs. I have PM bring-in and feeding duty this afternoon, and that sure beats picking 11 stalls!