Like we say here, at least you don't have to shovel it. The city has some snow removal/street cleaning equipment, but when it snows, this equipment is used to clear only main thoroughfares and streets that are main arteries into Downtown Vancouver. As measured at Vancouver Airport in Richmond, Vancouver receives 1,189 mm (46.8 in) of rain per year. In North Vancouver, about 20 km (12 mi) away from the Vancouver airport, the amount of rain received doubles to 2,477 mm (97.5 in) per year as measured at the base of Grouse Mountain. Hey you! Summers are cooler in Vancouver than in Toronto, which I like better. There is always snow on the mountains behind Vancouver - Grouse, Seymour, Cypress, Hollyburn and Whistler, but it's quite common for people to be skiing up Grouse on the same day as other people are out on the tennis court in their shorts. AccuWeather forecasts show that Vancouver’s first snowfall of the year will come on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Get your answers by asking now. Snow depths of greater than 1 cm are seen on about 10 days each year in Vancouver compared with about 65 days in Toronto. Tragically, those glorious, sunny days will be followed by a whole lot of rain and a little bit of snow, as we mentioned. Thats my best advice, The amount of snow is perfect (excluding last year, which was no existant), you can make snow men and angels, but you can also drive down your street and get to the store ;). Do not drive to the mountains unless you have winter tires on your car! Some prefer it, some don't. For example, $1.1 million was spent in 1998, compared to $0 in 2001. Furthermore, the low frequency of snowfall makes it hard to justify the public works infrastructure necessary for more effective snow removal, as the city is usually in a thaw situation long before plowing of streets are completed. Vancouver has one of the wettest and foggiest climates of Canada’s cities. Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver / Clayton Perry, Snow in Vancouver Affects Getting Around -- A LOT, If There's Snow in Vancouver, Don't Drive - Use Public Transit, Image Courtesy of Translink / Buzzer Blog, If There's Snow in Vancouver, Stay in Downtown Vancouver, Magnus Larsson/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 Larsson, You Will Need Waterproof Shoes With Good Traction, Image Courtesy of MEC / Mountain Equipment Co-op, 8 Fun Things to Do When it Snows in Vancouver. Is it true “tornado alley” is no longer Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas but the Deep South instead. Yes it snows, but not as much as other canadian cities. From October to March, it rains twice as much as it does from April to September in Vancouver. Oh wait, you asked about snow fall? Hardly ever get hot and sticky. The previous White Christmas occurred in 1998 when 20 cm of snow was on the ground on Christmas Day following 31 cm of snow and 20 mm of rain. What is Vancouver like in the winter. Every few years or so, Vancouver will get a truly bad snow storm. Chart and data: Snowfall - Annual data (25 years) for Vancouver for Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Brad Lofgren with the City of Coquitlam's public works department said the area has already seen flurries off and on Monday but more could arrive going into the evening. You would see people in just jeans and a hoodie or the like in the dead of winter. The information presented is combined from multiple Environment and Climate Change Canada data sources and all effort is made to be accurate. The snow is not expected to stick around as temperatures will go back up to a high of 6 C by Tuesday with rain forecast to return for Thursday and Friday. Vancouver experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall. The rarity of snow makes it too expensive for the city to buy/maintain a fleet of snow removal/street cleaning vehicles; most years those vehicles would never be used. I've lived in both Toronto and Vancouver and I can say that Vancouver's winters, though less snowy, are just as bad as Toronto's. It does, however, stay on the mountains surrounding the city, for months and months - which makes all the skiers happy. Although the 30 cm to 60 cm (11.8 to 23.6 in) which fell across Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland in a 24 hour period in November 2006 was out of the ordinary, snow has in fact accumulated at sea level in all months except for June, July, and August. You also need waterproof shoes, since it typically rains quite a bit in the winter. Still have questions? We live in Toronto now, but I don't know if I can stand another winter here. Photo: Snow storm in Downtown Vancouver, Canada / Shutterstock. :-) The City budgets CA$400,000 per year for the maintenance of snow removal equipment, for the purchasing of deicing salt, and for the training of staff, but the costs of actual snow removal are funded separately from contingency reserve funds, and vary widely from season to season. "[There] may be some mixed rain-snow right down at sea level," Environment Canada meteorologist Jim Goosen said. You will need snow boots or waterproof shoes with good traction. Aside from playing in the snow, which is a novelty for a lot of Vancouverites and other folks from the Pacific Northwest, there are a lot of fun things to do when it snows in Vancouver: Obviously, the best benefit to snow in Vancouver means fresh snow--and lots of it--at Vancouver's nearby snow sports resorts. You don't have to go to Whistler for skiing and snowboarding; you can do both at nearby Mt. We get very little snow here -- usually between late November and early March. Metro Vancouver announced late Monday afternoon the closure of the Grouse Grind effective Tuesday in anticipation of snow and lower temperatures. is still going strong in autumn as per usual. Yes, it does snow in Vancouver, but very seldom and the snow doesn't stay long in the city. The winters are cold in Vancouver and usually hover in the 40s from December through February. Not only will you avoid bad traffic snarls and difficulty parking, the easiest and safest way to travel during snow storms in Vancouver is by public transit: city buses and the Canada Line / SkyTrain rapid transit (Vancouver's metro). The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.