Winter is unpredictable in our part of the world. This year Lake Erie is less than 10% frozen over and as you can see in one of the images, Big Otter Creek did not even have any ice around the edges when I took these two photos January 29th. While there will be a few cold days at the beginning of February - it's minus 8 Celsius today, for most of the month the forecast is for the temperature to hover around zero or a little above.
While there was a little snow caught in the long grass, there wasn't much more than an inch on the parking lot last weekend (January 28-29)
In 2014, the snow was knee deep by the time the winds off the lake blew it into drifts that covered the seats of the benches.
In 2015, we were snowed out of the boat more than once during the winter including Valentines Day when we had a special booking. We went down to Port Burwell the night before and spent three hours shovelling only to find the next day that the wind off the Lake didn't allow us to get past the bottom of the hill and we had to cancel the booking.
By 2016, there were not huge drifts; but there was enough cold to freeze Big Otter Creek and clear an ice rink just below the bridge.