Once I got to work, I got out my plastic welding kit and used the forced-hot-air "torch" to heat the fender almost to the point of melting, where it passes under the fork crown. I was then able to raise the leading edge of the fender in a permanent manner. This gives me a bit more room between the tire and the fender. I hope that will prevent snow from packing up and stopping the wheel, when the time comes.
As a side note: It seems really odd to me that there are no commercially-available fenders for these bikes. I know it is a niche market, but Surly is owned by QBP, the largest bicycle parts distributor in the U.S. Salsa markets a dozen different handlebars with their brand on them, but no fenders for a line of bikes which has an entry-level price point over $1500.00. It just seems to me that these bike/parts manufacturers are missing the boat on the whole fender question...