Winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour, and stronger in the Gulf of Maine, are making a lively post-Christmas blizzard for the Midcoast.

But the snow is light and dry, and some hearty souls are out walking, sliding, shoveling, driving and enjoying what winter has to offer.

In Rockland, a gauge atop the harbormaster’s office in the Rockland Yacht Club building registered wind speeds topping 29 mph before it stopped working. Wind direction shifted constantly, with the winds mostly coming from the north-northwest. The National Weather Service website listed winds at Knox County Regional Airport at 12 to 14 mph throughout the afternoon.

Downtown Rockland was mostly deserted, with dedicated shop owners clearing sidewalks and residents digging out as snow continued throughout the day.

The forecast predicted snow showers to continue throughout the evening with gusty winds and temperatures dropping into the single digits. After midnight, the windchill factor could make it feel as though it was well below zero.

Tuesday is expected to dawn sunny, with mostly clear skies through New Year’s Day. Predicted temperatures remain low throughout the week with a warm-up by the weekend, and then possibly rain showers.