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Weather Still a Hot Topic at Vancouver Games

February 17, 2010 — Between mild temperatures, rain, fog and heavy snow, it's been a challenging few days at the Vancouver. But today, conditions will change for the better.

Mother Nature hasn't exactly been kind to athletes, organizers and spectators at these Vancouver Games.

First, there was heavy rain and fog. Then, there were mild temperatures and melting snow. Then, on Tuesday, organizers got too much of a good thing. Believe it or not, FALLING SNOW was causing problems this time around.

Yes, that snow athletes had been craving led to extremely poor visibility at Whistler Mountain. As a result, another Alpine Skiing event had to be postponed. The super combined event, which mixes downhill with a slalom run, will now be held on Sunday.

It's ironic, considering there's been a shortage of snow at Cypress Mountain. In stead, slush and thigh-high puddles forced more than 20,000 tickets to get refunded to spectators yesterday. Organizers said the standing area at Cypress simply wasn't safe for the crowds.

Still, many athletes and spectators are taking the cancellations -- and the weather -- in stride.

'There's nothing you can do about the weather. That's nature taking it's course,' said spectator Penny Stuart. 'If you don't have control over a situation, why get stressed about it?'

'I knew there can be some problems with the weather here,' said Swedish skier Markus Larson. 'But I am not stressed, I am prepared and when the races are coming I am ready.'

'I think it's better for them to wait for the right conditions, definitely,' said Vincent Moeyersoms, an American spectator. 'Looks like tomorrow (Wednesday) might be a good day.'

He's right.

According to Weather Network Meteorlogist Brian Dillon, the west coast will finally get the break they've been waiting for.

'Today we'll be seeing sunny skies, less fog and no rain,' said Dillon. 'We'll also see lower temperatures during the overnight hours, which means organizers might be able to make snow if they need to.'

For the latest updates on the weather in Vancouver, 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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