Temperatures have warmed up significantly in the past 24 hours – they are now hanging out in the mid-to-upper 30s. The last forecast I saw for overnight is a low of 23, but that seems unlikely at this point. I think perhaps the off-shore winds that had been keeping things cold were probably also keeping out the big waves off-shore, as the buoy had been down to under 3 feet. I was a little surprised this morning to see how quickly seas came back up again, as they were back up over 15 feet less than 12 hours after they started rising.
The kids and I took a walk down to Totem Park late this morning. By that time the snow had stopped falling, but winds were still whipping around. From time to time we would see a snow devil spinning around – probably from a gust that wrapped around a barrier into the calmer side of things. At the park, the bigger gusts were howling through the trees and lifting spray off the water to push it across the bay. The winter storm warning is in effect until 5am tomorrow, but from the sounds of things outside the house, winds have already subsided substantially.
I took quite a few pictures, but haven’t had a chance to get through them all yet. Hopefully will be able to get them posted in the next day or two.