Bucyrus man celebrates big snowfall by building fancy igloo

BUCYRUS, Kan. - Maddy and Casey Ross would love to sleep in their igloo, but their father Andy knows better. 

"They've asked multiple times to stay the night," Andy said, "not understanding it gets really cold overnight."

Ross said he started building igloos for his kids around five years ago.  Maddy, now 8, saw neighbors doing it and asked her dad for one of her own.  He obliged and built a creation that was as much a work of art as it was a temporary dwelling.  Since then, he has built an igloo every time there has been a major snow storm.

He crafted his latest creation after nearly a foot of snow fell February 4.  It has three rooms and eight windows. 

Though he drew the line at sleeping outside, Ross allowed Maddy and 5-year-old Casey to roast marshmallows in the igloo's makeshift fireplace. Ross said there's a method to building the fireplace so the flames don't melt the structure.

Ross made the igloo out of 210 snow blocks each weighing between 30 and 40 pounds. But he said the hard work is worth it because of the memories it creates. 

"It's also the ability to create something that you know isn't going to last, so you have to enjoy it in the moment," Ross said.

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