Vancouver's wish for snow was finally granted this morning - just a few weeks too late for the 2010 Olympic Games to take advantage.
After hosting the warmest Winter Games on record - and being mocked around the world for the lack of snow - Vancouver-area ski hills were open for business again. Cypress Mountain - where 28,000 spectators had their Olympic tickets cancelled - received 37 centimetres of snow between Wednesday and Thursday morning. Other areas of the North Shore, as well as parts of Port Coquitlam and South Vancouver received up to eight centimetres of snow on Wednesday night.
The Burnaby area and Burnaby Mountain are reported to be the areas hardest hit by the surprise blast of winter-like weather. Simon Fraser University issued a weather alert on Thursday morning, warning students of limited public transit services and poor road conditions. A shuttle service was in operation early Thursday as regular bus services were unable to make it up to the campus due to adverse road conditions.
Slippery road conditions across the Lower Mainland are not expected to last as rain and moderately warm temperatures are in the forecast.