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Slushy snow blankets Metro Vancouver

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

November 18, 2011 — It was a snowy start to the day for people in and around Vancouver on Friday. What's in store for the weekend?

Heavy snow covers gardens in Kelowna, BC
Heavy snow covers gardens in Kelowna, BC

People in Metro Vancouver and other sections of British Columbia got their first taste of winter this week.

Many woke up to heavy, wet snow blanketing their cars, lawns and driveways on Friday morning. The snow didn't fall or stick around for too long, but it still caught some residents by surprise.

“We had about a centimetre of snow accumulate at the Vancouver Airport,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

It wasn't a lot of snow, but it was enough catch some people by surprise. The weather caused minor problems with bus trolley systems on Robson Street and University Boulevard, but overall there were no major transit disruptions.

While parts of Vancouver Island and the lower mainland only got a light dusting of snow, it's been piling up in parts of the Interior. Whistler Mountain opened its first runs of the 2011 snow season on Friday, six days ahead of schedule. The runs opened early last year, as well, on November 16.

Whistler opened to the public on Friday
Whistler opened to the public on Friday

Meanwhile, conditions have been treacherous on BC's Coquihalla Highway. A major snowfall stopped hundreds of vehicles in both directions early in the day on Thursday. Officials say the heavy snow and slick roads caught most drivers off guard. The Ministry of Highways was recommending that drivers avoid unnecessary travel.

Vettese says more light snow is possible over the weekend.

“Temperatures will be on the cool side, so we're not ruling out the chance of flurries,” she says.

Parts of the Prairies got a good helping of snow this week as well, while sections of Ontario were hammered by snow squalls.

For a closer look at how the weather is shaping up this weekend, be sure to check your local forecast.

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