April 29, 2010 — The lack of snow is what many people remember about the winter in BC this year, but now skiers are making up for lost time.
Snowfall totals across BC were pretty grim this winter. And the lack of it at the Vancouver winter games is a perfect example. Officials were forced to truck in snow as Mother Nature didn't want to cooperate.
The mid winter weather was mostly warm and rainy for the province, but now the tables have turned. It's the abundance of snow that is keeping some ski hills open longer than normal.
William Mbaho is with Grouse Mountain in north Vancouver. He says the season there couldn't be better. “We've had an exceptionally long season. We were open in November and now we're going to be closing in May and it's still snowing.” This could actually end up being one of the longest seasons on record.
While snow is falling there, rain is the story for many other areas. It's been a pretty unsettled week across the province.
On Monday, a nasty storm blasted Vancouver Island with heavy rain and damaging winds. Thousands of residents spent the night in the dark after powerful gusts knocked out the electricity. And Tuesday was a similar scene through the Okanagan. Most of the city of Vernon was without power, and it took nearly five hours for the lights to go back on.
Don't put that umbrella too far away because there's a chance for isloated showers on Friday. And for the weekend, Saturday will see a break in the rainy weather, but come Sunday afternoon, showers could pop up once again.
For the latest details on the weather in the west, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.