Frosty barnacles at Cook Street park. (Photo by JoHannah Knight)

Frosty barnacles at Cook Street park. (Photo by JoHannah Knight)

Winter Wonderland

Snowy scenes captured by readers

It didn’t take long for Old Man Winter to make his mark.

The winter solstice no sooner started on Dec. 21 than we had snow on the ground a couple of days later in the Chemainus Valley. And it’s still on the ground, with more in the forecast into the weekend.

What that mean long-term for the remainder of the winter remains to be seen, but it’s already been eventful with colder temperatures and the snow already sticking around longer than usual.

Snow

 

Chairs buried in snow await the winter thaw, which might be a long way off this season. (Photo by Darlene Craig)

Chairs buried in snow await the winter thaw, which might be a long way off this season. (Photo by Darlene Craig)

Freighters off in the distance provide a contrast to a wintery day. (Photo by Carolin Ann)

Freighters off in the distance provide a contrast to a wintery day. (Photo by Carolin Ann)

Peaceful snow in Saltair. (Photo by Alejandra Wilson)

Peaceful snow in Saltair. (Photo by Alejandra Wilson)

Winter just officially started and it didn’t take long in the area for the surroundings to fit the bill. (Photo by Debi Ohman)

Winter just officially started and it didn’t take long in the area for the surroundings to fit the bill. (Photo by Debi Ohman)

First tee at Mount Brenton Golf Course. (Photo by Paul Edwards)

First tee at Mount Brenton Golf Course. (Photo by Paul Edwards)