It may only be January in the real world, but it’s already warming up on the Fortnite map.

The Fortnite Winterfest event saw the entire map covered in snow, starting with the southwest mountains. The map progressively got snowier and snowier until storms began to rage, making visibility nearly zero.

Unlike other seasons, Epic decided to cover the map with snow over the span of a couple of weeks rather than all at once. This decision made the shift feel a bit more immersive, even if the storms were incredibly annoying.

The same process is now happening in reverse. The map is slowly thawing and grass is beginning to show underneath the snow. Slurpy Swamp was the first area hard-hit by the melting snow. The entire surrounding area is nearly 100% back to normal.

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The rest of the map is thawing as well; slowly but surely. You can see grass around some random buildings as well as all throughout the coast.

It appears as though the map is thawing a lot quicker than it froze. We’re only a day into the melting process and nearly a quarter of the map is already clear. We can expect further thawing as the week progresses.

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It was a fantastic change of pace to play in the snow, but the storms made things challenging. We’ll all be glad to see those gone for another year. Now, back to your regularly-scheduled intermittent fog.

What was your favorite part of the Winterfest update? The snow? The unvaulted weapons? Free cosmetics? Let us know in the comments.

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