Gahagan Preserve received a couple of inches of new snow overnight and the temperature hovered near zero this morning with high winds. "Pop!" sounded from the trees as the cold and the wind caused crackling of the wood. The banks of tiny Tank Creek closed back in with ice - far different from the greening that occurred during last weeks thaw (see January 18 post). The snow base is hard. It is easy to walk into the preserve now with just boots.