Vancouver hasn't had snow for more than a year

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Canada’s second mildest city hasn’t seen snow for more than a year, 367 days to be exact. The last time snow fell on Vancouver was on Saturday, November 29, 2014 when about five centimetres fell overnight across much of the region.

According to The Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton, a year-long “snow drought” has not happened for at least 25 years.

While the region looked a bit white over the past few days from the accumulation of ice and frost from freezing fog, no snow is in the forecast for the coming week. The area of high pressure that caused the week-long sunny and cold conditions has left, making way for consecutive days of rainfall.

But up in the mountains, the ski season has had an amazing start with large accumulations supplemented by snowmaking. Whistler, Cypress, and Grouse mountains all experienced early openings this season, while Mount Seymour opened last as it lacks snowmaking capabilities.

Forecasters have previously said winter 2015/2016 will be warm and dry due to a “Godzilla El Nino,” a continuation and strengthening of last year’s phenomenon. Of course, snow could still arrive if the conditions are right.

Photos from Vancouver’s last snowfall

#RiseAndGrind #Vancouver! You’re one #beautiful #city. #VanCity #BritishColumbia #SnowDay

A photo posted by Dexter Boffin (@dexter_boffin) on

View from my desk at work. Not bad… Not bad at all! #vista #vancouver #winterwonderland #brrrrr A photo posted by Dave Ratty (@chronsumer) on

A little snow to wake up to ❄️ #cypress #snow #vancouver #pointgrey #plvhomelife #homesweethome

A photo posted by Photography By Leah (@photogbyleahv) on

This morning’s jog came with a new view. ❄️#vancouver #westcoast A photo posted by Brett William (@brettski5) on

Obligatory #snow photo. Hello clear #sky and #sunshine! #Winter #ubc #vancouver #saturday

A photo posted by Yoon (@twovirtues) on

The ice almost killed me. First snow in #ubc A photo posted by Edward Chang (@edwardchang) on

Gotta love the #FirstSnow in #Vancouver! #Christmas #HoHoHo #ChristmasLights #Lights #Snow #HuffPostBC #VanCityBuzz

A photo posted by Robert Mogensen (@robertmogensen) on

Last day living in #Gastown, and boy is it beautiful today! #Vancouver #snow A photo posted by Megan Kofoed (@megan_kofoed) on

Good morning #Vancouver! ❄️#firstsnow #brrrrrr A photo posted by May (@mayyyyyw) on

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