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Dry for now in the west

March 31, 2010 — It was an overcast and mild day today in Vancouver, but think of it as the calm before the storm.

There was a sigh of relief on the west coast today.

After a day of heavy rain, gusty winds and snow in the mountains on Monday, residents could enjoy a drier day today. The skies may have been overcast, but temperatures managed to climb into the double digits, making things feel pretty mild.

And people were certainly taking advantage.

The waterfront at Cooper's Quay was packed this afternoon. Residents were trying to get take in as much fresh air as possible, before being cooped up for the weekend.

“Come Friday, a lot of rain, a lot of wind and some more snow for Whistler is expected for the province,” says Weather Network's meteorologist Greg Stephens.

It's a similar story to how the week began.

Another low pressure system is expected to roll in off the Pacific bringing a weekend full of messy weather.

“The best way to describe the Easter weekend on the west coast is wet,” notes Stephens. “It doesn't look like there will be much hope in the way of seeing a break in the wet weather and the showers are actually going to linger right through into next week.”

Hopefully you got a chance to enjoy the drier conditions today because the rubber boots and umbrellas will be mandatory starting Friday.

For more details on what you can expect, along with updates on watches and warnings, make sure you tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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