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After blogging about how we don’t have “real” seasons in Vancouver anymore (just hot hot for 2 months in the summer then 10 months of grey wetness [mbv]) Mother Nature made me put my foot in my mouth as the Lower Mainland with dusted with several inches of snow this weekend [mg] [mbv].
First Snow Day of the Season

It’s still coming down although it’s not as noticeable downtown. We took the Skytrain out to New Westminster this morning and as we headed East, the more snow there was.

There’s about 8 inches right now in Burnaby, New West and from what I hear, Surrey. Any place with an incline has either become the fun afternoon hangout for kids in snow suits armed with toboggan and crazy carpets, OR a skating rink for car with a driver freaking out about this white substance falling from above that is ruining their traction.

Luckily, we can rely on the transit system for now so John and I can just walk or grab a bus/Skytrain if we need to get anywhere. On the train this morning they had a message playing every 2 stops: “Skytrain is now running it’s Snow Plan. There is an attendant on every train. Due to heavy snow, there may be sudden stops. Please hold on at all times or stay seated, thank you.”

I’m pretty curious as to how the commuters will fare tomorrow morning, downtown may be pretty empty tomorrow without all those who don’t want to brave the trek in. One thing I have to mention is if you’re coming from the burbs and you have a foot of snow piled on top of your car, please make sure to scrape it all off. Nothing worse than driving behind someone with a foot of snow on their roof and WOOSH the wind catches it and you get clumps of falling snow either on the road right in front of you or smack dab in the middle of your hood. Please be careful out there and check out these traffic webcams to find out what your route might look like.

It’s a good thing I walk to work… or is it?

Here in the West End, the snow is piling up. We just came from Burrard station where the insulating concrete of the heart of downtown is keeping everything pretty liquid. I’m looking outside the window and I see trees covered in powder, not as much as in Burnaby, but there’s enough on the sidewalk to scoop up and mold into a killer snowball. So this one’s pretty easy, my next “cheap fun thing to do in Vancouver” is this: Build a snowman & have a (friendly) snowball fight.

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  1. TonySunday, November 26th, 2006 — 3:48pm PST

    It’s all good. I’m loving the winter wonderland here while dreaming of a west coast get-away. Enjoy yourself.

  2. GZ ExpatSunday, November 26th, 2006 — 5:36pm PST

    The weather has taken a turn here too. It’s 18C and cloudy. Brrrrrr.

    I don’t miss the cold, dark and wet winters of Oregon…but I do miss the ocassional snow storm. The quiet that the snow brings on an evening…and the fire in the hearth.

    Gotta go get me a hot buttered rum!

  3. wynSunday, November 26th, 2006 — 10:17pm PST

    All throughout today, all 24 hours that it’s been snowing/dustying/flurrying, I kept thinking of that post where as a Vancouver/BC native, you said it USED to snow in Vancouver. (I think you asked for seasons too hard. 😉 And in my two years here, this *is* the most hearty snowfall, feels like all of winter’s worth of snow dumped already so far.) It’s awesome and the city is eerily quiet on a Sunday evening.
    Yeah, I’m really curious what emergency/contigency plans Vancouver has, how it copes because there wasn’t any snow-clearing and it seemed few people were dealing with their own paths/driveways today.

  4. SandyMonday, November 27th, 2006 — 4:32am PST

    I hope it snows there next winter! That’s when I’m coming up. I would just love to experience that.

  5. ZanstormMonday, November 27th, 2006 — 8:44am PST

    Geez. One week it’s rain and wind and flooding and the next it’s snowing in Vancouver. Unreal.
    You look happy on that picture though!
    Up here in northern BC we still have 2 feet of snow and it’s -24 degrees celsius! Feel bad for us?
    Expat, you’re hilarious!

  6. Miss604Monday, November 27th, 2006 — 8:46am PST

    I could use me some hot buttered something – I’m at WORK right now, watching the snow fall and guessing how many of my co-workers will make it in…

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