White Stuff From the Sky to Fall on Vancouver


Monday, November 26th, 2007 — 3:18pm PST
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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?

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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.


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

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.


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

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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10 comments

  1. Ariane says:

    oh man, i hope it totally dumps snow downtown. soooooo excited! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Raul says:

    I am against slushy rain, and snow, in general. But it gives me a great chance to wear very sophisticated winter clothes ๐Ÿ˜€ 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.

  3. fotoeins says:

    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.

  4. Tyler Ingram says:

    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!

  5. Miss604 says:

    Looks like West Vancouver and Abbotsford got at least 2 inches

  6. PatZ says:

    Krazy Karpets got nothing on GT Sno-racers.

  7. Miss604 says:

    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….

  8. Tyler Ingram says:

    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!

  9. Ariane says:

    no snow so far ๐Ÿ™ 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…

  10. Raul says:

    Ariane, how about we let the weather be cold and slushie and snowy next week ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me fly out first! hehehe ๐Ÿ˜€

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