Annette, I'm not from your area & can't answer for your area but I would say you will get clues by looking at your typical winter patterns. More winter, more honey one should leave for the bees would be my barometer. I have a hive that I left a bunch on and was too busy and perhaps lazy or a combination of the two, that I harvested a month ago. My bees just eat what's in the brood nest. It doesn't get cold for long down here and one can check the hives to see if they need feed or not.