This is more like winter on the Big Sound, ice with snow coverage. The smooth ice of a couple of days ago has been blanketed with about 15-20 cm (6-8″) of snow. Unfortunately the snow and the warmer weather of the last couple of days has left the edge of the ice soft and slushy. It’s a balancing act. The cold air works to freeze the water, and the water below, always above freezing acts to warm the ice layer above. The blanket of insulating snow tips the balance in favour of the warmer water, unless it’s balanced by bitterly cold temperatures. Not this year. At least it once again looks like a typical late day in February on the Big Sound.