vmmartin, most likely it won't affect a thing. If the hive still has adequate stores and the bad weather is not severe or prolonged they will keep building for spring.
It's interesting to me that some how the bees know long before I do that a flow is about to start and begin rearing brood including drones in preparation for it. I wonder what the signals are?? Day length? Some sort of unnoticed signal (by me anyway) from the plants like a certain scent or taste? Whatever it is the bees seem to pick up on it and gear up for the season...raising the population and spreading drones for swarm season. I'm sure some jump the gun to their detriment too.
All I know is that when the bees start getting ready, I better be getting ready!
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Theodore Roosevelt 1907