North Shore Mountains hit with light snow in the middle of June

Grouse Mountain on June 14, 2016. .
Grouse Mountain on June 14, 2016. . Courtesy: Grouse Mountain

Most people on the Lower Mainland may be craving sunshine and flip flop weather, but Mother Nature has different plans.

A light dusting of snow was reported on the North Shore Mountains this afternoon.

Grouse Mountain told Global News a total of four centimetres of snow fell on top of the mountain today.

They posted a picture of snow covering parts of their guest welcome area with a caption saying, “Mother Nature seems a little confused this morning.”

Meanwhile, Cypress Mountain posted a picture of the Olympic rings against the backdrop of a ski slope covered with a light dusting of snow.

Meanwhile, staff at Mount Seymour joked about opening their season in mid-July since they are currently experiencing a good accumulation, which is steadily building their snowpack.

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Global BC meteorologist Mark Madryga says seeing light snow on the North Shore Mountains in the middle of June is rare, but not unheard of.

“Last few Junes we have not really seen this, but typically in June, we get these cool spells where big troughs of low pressure sit over us and the freezing level comes down,” says Madryga.

“We have also had some lightning, heavy showers and hail in parts of Metro Vancouver.”

Temperatures at YVR reached nine degrees today, but no new record low temperatures were recorded.

Meanwhile, a special weather statement has been issued for the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt and for Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass, where an unstable air mass is expected to cause showers to turn into wet snow this evening.

Amounts are expected to be generally light, but near the Coquihalla Summit and over the Allison Pass amounts of 10 to 15 cm are possible through Wednesday morning.

Drivers are being warned that roads could be slippery and they should exercise due caution.

A Global BC viewer in Anahim Lake has also sent in a picture of their house covered in close to 40 cm of snow this morning, while temperatures dipped below zero.

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Anahim Lake snow June 14, 2016

But there is good news on the way. Madryga says while we are in for another cool night in Metro Vancouver tonight and only a slightly warmer night tomorrow, it will warm up again by the weekend.