Vincent has a new server texture pack! It's 32x32 and thus requires HD texture support, but if you use the launcher, you will already have support. Please enable the texture pack so that we have a baseline theme to go by.
In addition, 'aggressive snow' is back. If you leave your doors open, you might find a little snow indoors. In addition, placing torches or plants out in the open isn't recommended unless it is high up away from any surface.