One family in Roslindale has been making the best of this winter’s record snowfalls by gathering in a cozy four-room igloo they built in their front yard.
“If life gives you snow, you make a snow house,” said Steve McGaff, who said he always made igloos when he was growing up in upstate New York. McGaff has built them for his wife and three children whenever winter provided enough snow.
This year he built his biggest igloo yet, he said.
“I have people who drive by on the street and literally stop to look at it,” said McGaff, 55.
Once snow began falling in late January, McGaff started shoveling it to one spot in his front yard on Congreve Street, piling it high as the weeks went on. He let it sit a while and then dug out the inside. Now he has an igloo with 6-foot ceilings, windows, and enough room for a dozen people. His wife, Doreen, decorated the interior with Christmas lights, plants, and cushions for evening gatherings.
“Considering how the snow has been a bit of a problem . . . it’s been kind of nice to have something that’s a bit on the happier side,” McGaff said.
Neighbors helped him build the igloo, and on Sunday night McGaff was planning to throw a party: one last hurrah in the ice house before sunny skies begin melting it this week.
“After [Monday] night it’s really going to deteriorate,” he said.
Monday was promised by forecasters to be much like Sunday, with at least partial sunshine and highs in the 40s, said Benjamin Sipprell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton.
That warmth — Wednesday could hit 50 degrees — should hold for a few days before retreating back into more wintery temperatures, with highs only in the 30s on Friday, he said.
“This is what we should be getting for this time of year,” said Sipprell.
Some snow will melt this week, and that could cause drainage problems, but no major flooding, Sipprell said.
“If you have a chance to get out there and clear the drains off on the roads, that would be encouraged,” he said.
Some mixed precipitation is possible on Friday or Saturday, Sipprell said.
Globe correspondent Jennifer Smith contributed to this report. Melissa Hanson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.