Just so I don't forget, I'm posting the pictures of the clock and block now. It's a little early, but I really don't think anything is going to change. The ice may have softened a little today, but it really hasn't been much above freezing most of the day. We had sunshine earlier in the day, but around noon it began to fade.
The wind has changed direction, but it isn't as strong today as it has been. I doubt it will have much effect on the block and flag.
P. S. - It's 5:45 and I'm looking out my office window into a blizzard. It had been snowing off and on since I posted the above, but now there are clouds of snow blowing by from the southeast. The snow is beginning to stick on the ground. It looks like a very wintery night in store for us.