Today we had a surprise (at least to me) blizzard. It was sunny just to the west of here but near the lake, we were having lake effect snow. The snow was accompanied by 30 mph wind gusts out of the NE. This created surfable waves that shut down nearly two miles of the lakefront bike path and prompted police to barricade entrances to the lake (many of the entrances even had a squad car turning people away). Because I overslept yesterday, I was lucky enough to get to do my long run in these conditions.
It just so happens that today was the Polar Plunge at North Ave beach. This is a fund raising event for the Special Olympics where participants take a frigid plunge in the lake. It is always cold but this year, I think they had to break ice to even get into the water – brrr!