Sunny weather is expected to return to the skies over Metro Vancouver beginning on Monday and lasting through most of the week.
Residents in the region enjoyed an unexpected bout of sunshine on Saturday, but it will not continue for the rest of the weekend. According to Environment Canada, a frontal system is expected to arrive Sunday afternoon, bringing more rain to the South Coast until Monday morning.
Temperatures are within their seasonal range, and some areas are already experiencing the first signs of spring with the blooming of flowers.
Up in the mountains, ski hill operators have been reporting new accumulations of snow – a stark contrast to last winter when Cypress, Grouse and Seymour mountains were forced to close the season unusually early during the first week of February 2015. A normal duration for the current ski season, lasting until mid-spring, is expected.
Cypress reported 46 cms of new snow over the past week, including 25 cms over the last 24 hour period. Neighbouring Grouse and Seymour mountains saw 19 cms and 25 cms of new snow, respectively.
Further up north, Whistler Blackcomb recorded 69 cms of new snow over the past week, with 11 cms from the last 48 hour period. So far this winter season, the resort has experienced eight metres (26 feet) of snowfall.