All of these dead bees appeared on top of the melting snow in the past day.
We figured our bees wouldn't make it through this crazy winter. But all these dead bees are actually a good sign. On a warmer day like today the bees will start to clean out the hive including removing the dead. If the hive hadn't survived there would be no bees outside we would find them all in the hive. This means there are at least a few kicking around inside and they might make it through the winter.