Growing up in Virginia, Melanie Atwood said it was a family tradition to make snowmen during the winter.

“I’ve tried to pass that along to my kids,” said the Leavenworth resident.

One of Atwood’s children and her husband, Matthew, recently took the tradition a little further.

After a recent snowfall, Matthew and his 12-year-old daughter Natalie created an igloo in the front yard of their home in the 1100 block of Holman Street.

Melanie said the father and daughter duo spent about 2.5 hours building the igloo, which is about four feet tall and three feet wide. The walls are about 1.5 feet thick.

They made snow blocks and began stacking them, leaving room for a front entry arch.

Melanie said her children played in the igloo on the afternoon it was built, but they haven’t been in it since.

The igloo figures to be around for a little while before it melts. Wednesday’s forecast is calling for a high of 6 degrees.

But then the forecast is calling for warming temperatures. On Sunday, the forecast is calling for a high in the mid-50s.

“It’s pretty sturdy, but let’s see if the igloo makes it through the weekend,” Melanie said.