Yesterday at this time, there was snow on the ground and it was close to 0. Over night, the wind howled and buckets of rain dashed against the house - it was was 7 C. When I got up this morning, the ground outside was bare and the sun was shining and the temperature was -2. Plants still left outside over the winter looked none the worse for wear.
When I went down town this afternoon, the ground was still clear when I went into a shop. When I came out 15 minutes later, everything was white - the snow had fallen that fast. We went from clear roads to slippery and dangerous driving conditions, all within the span of a half-hour. The snow now is still falling and it's -6.
Even for a place that specializes in lively weather, the last 24 hours have been quite eventful. It's one of the reasons so many people I know keep their winter tires on all year - you just never know.
I am eating shortbread cookies and drinking coconut black tea this afternoon. It's a good one to stay home.