Most people within the Metro Vancouver area have been spared from having to scrape and clean off their cars for now.
About 5 cm of snow was initially expected to fall in the city earlier this week. But as Patrick Cool, a meteorologist at The Weather Network explains, milder than expected temperatures played a big role in keeping the precipitation from turning white.
“Temperatures made a difference, they were a little warmer than anticipated. Instead of being around zero to one degrees, they were around two to three degrees. That's a little too warm for snow.”
The milder air stuck around for most of the week and so did the stormy weather.
“A conveyor of Pacific moisture moved into the South Coast, and was steered by the jet stream,” says Cool.
While the rain began to taper Friday afternoon, Vancouver was already drenched with around 60 mm.
This latest system that swept through also increased the risk for avalanches in BC and Alberta. Outdoor enthusiasts are reminded to be prepared for the avalanche potential. According to Canadian Avalanche Centre statistics, 11 Canadians are killed each year in slides.
To stay up to date on weather conditions in your area, tune into The Weather Network on TV. The national forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour. Or you can check the Canadian cities index.
With files from Andrea Stockton