There's been a major dump of snow all over BC, and I gather more to come later in the week. Here in "Lotus Land", we often go all winter with none, or just a dusting or two. What we got over the weekend (starting Saturday afternoon, through the early morning hours today) would do us several winters, with loads sufficient to bring down tree limbs (one in our front yard -- I was out shovelling the sidewalk when it came down), power lines and trolley lines (a good chunk of our busses are trolley). UBC is closed due to a campus-wide power outage. There are school closures all over the place, main roads seem to have been reached by ploughs and salting trucks, but side streets are a nightmare, and the reports about highways are mixed.
Up the Valley, they've had 20 inches in some places. We have about eight in our back yard. I know that doesn't sound like much to people who live in "snow country" -- I grew up in Montreal, so I do know about snow -- but when it's not the norm, you can't justify the expense of being prepared for it, and people just don't have the "snow smarts". Over on the Island, I gather there are places where they're telling people just to stay off the roads.
Mother Nature must really be POd at us. This stuff comes just as a twelve-day boil water advisory is lifted -- that was caused by massive mudslides into our three reservoirs, thanks to record rainfall (by the middle of November we had already had more than a normal rainfall for the whole month). I would not want to be trying to sell someone on the advantages of living here the last few weeks. Thank God this is distinctly not normal!