“First thaw” is ironic, because we only got the first snow a few days ago. Today it finally got above 30 F. After the snow, it stayed around 20 F for a couple of days. Then the ice sheet started to melt. When I opened my hatchback to put the trash and recyclables in the car, that broke the 1.5″ thick layer of ice on my roof in half, and sent the front half down onto my windshield.
Ice is heavy. I couldn’t lift it off myself. But I could sort of push it off to the side and off the car. When it hit the ground, it broke into chunks, which you can see here. When I got to the dump, I noticed the frozen snow/ice layer on the back half of my roof. Again, I couldn’t lift it off, and since the car radio antenna went right through the middle of it, I couldn’t push it off without damaging the antenna. I ended up lifting up one side, then the next, so that it broke up into pieces about 1 foot on a side. Then I could slide them off individually.
The man in the second picture is doing the same thing with the ice from his roof, which slid down at the Stop sign in front of our house.