My wife and I took a drive up into the mountains this morning, just because, and then did a bit more shopping. It's been snowing lightly all day, and we've received a few inches at best - but it's a month overdue, and we're a bunch of happy campers right now. There's more in the forecast over the next few days, too. That'll be nice.
With the temps dropping, and no snow cover to insulate the ground, the frost line would eventually get down below the 72" mark where our pipes are buried. That's what happened here in 2001, if memory serves.
That year, it didn't snow until February, and pipes were freezing or bursting all over south-central Alaska. Not pretty, trying to dig through near-permafrost.
But it's white outside, and that's all that matters today. Now we're pulling out the first of our favorite Christmas movies, and will put our feet up for awhile.
Y'all take care out there, and if your weather has warmed up, enjoy!