We got something like 12 inches of snow the last couple of days. Under that is a sheet of solid ice. So yeah, it's winter.
I'm having a hard time getting this story for the anthology right. I'm very concerned about it being misinterpreted. I see it as a warning bell ala Orwell, but when you're writing about Blue/Red issues, your point is irrelevant because the other side automatically sees it as bankrupt.