White Stuff From the Sky to Fall on Vancouverby
With frozen rain and slushie precipitation in the forecast what else would a good Vancouverite do than brace for school closures and abandon their cars at the side of roads when there’s a call for such treacherous conditions?
Local news outlets have already composed their “school closures” posts on their websites, and with that first frost of the year on our minds, I’m sure downtown will look like a ghost town if an icy storm front hits the coast this evening.
Honestly though, I can’t be too hard on those commuters who bundle up and stay indoors when there’s the slightest hint of ice on the roads, as living downtown I’ve been a bit sheltered in recent years from the true elements Fraser Valley residents face. Not to mention the trek my sister has to make from Surrey to North Vancouver, which can hit her with dozens of weather patterns throughout the single car ride.
However, this doesn’t stop me from letting my husband go about about how we all throw on two scarves and layer gloves when it’s -5C outside for a day, when he’s been brought up with -25C temperatures that last for months.
We love the pineapple express, La Nina, El Nino and all their quirky cousins. Rain in the city means snow on the mountains, snow in the city mean no work or school – it’s a win-win when winter actually decides to hit Vancouver. Sure we moan and complain about it being too cold, or when we slam on the brakes and skid into the car we’re following too closely behind, but that’s just what West Coasters do.
So pile on those fleece vests under your Goretex and prepare yourselves for a blizzard of Metro Vancouver proportions: possible snow in the Valley and frost from Langley to Stanley Park. It should be a doozy folks.
Of course if there actually is 2 feet of snow come morning, I’m SO grabbing my ‘krazy karpet‘ and hitting the nearest hill.
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oh man, i hope it totally dumps snow downtown. soooooo excited! 🙂
I am against slushy rain, and snow, in general. But it gives me a great chance to wear very sophisticated winter clothes 😀 But luckily I only have to endure these conditions for one more week. Then, I’m headed off to a climate where 25 oC is the name of the game.
Ultimately, years in Toronto and Minneapolis have helped to calibrate my “cold” scale.
The point of this is … John is correct. Cold doesn’t even rate until a midwester says it’s so.
What? Where was I when this snow fell? Oh that’s right where I am (30 mins outside the downtown core) we just got rain. No snow for us ‘burb people!
Looks like West Vancouver and Abbotsford got at least 2 inches
Krazy Karpets got nothing on GT Sno-racers.
when we were in Iowa last week i saw GT tracks in the snow on the hill behind the house – SO jealous. i would have been there in a heartbeat if i would have remembered to pack my snow pants… or a proper jacket….
I heard more snow is coming in the forecast.. will I get to see any? Weather.ca is telling me rain and so is my iGoogle page!
no snow so far 🙁 i’m from the prairies, so you won’t catch me saying that it’s really cold…only cold for vancouver. i’m still holding out hope we’ll get some this week…
Ariane, how about we let the weather be cold and slushie and snowy next week 🙂 Let me fly out first! hehehe 😀