He’s long overdue, but Old Man Winter finally showed up in time for March Break and the Paralympic Games on Lower Mainland ski hills.

More than 50 centimetres of snow fell on Grouse Mountain between Tuesday and Thursday, said William Mbaho, a spokesperson for the mountain.

“We expect it to be busy on the weekend (with) people enjoying spring break,” he said.

“This major snowfall has provided some of the best conditions since December,” added Michael Cameron, general manager of Grouse Mountain.

Cypress Mountain was also blessed with a much-needed dump of the white stuff, getting 36 cm of fresh powder on Thursday.

Residents in many parts of the region woke up to piles of slush and wet snow after a snowfall overnight on Thursday.

The snow was reported to be heaviest on Burnaby Mountain, where articulated buses struggled up the hill to Simon Fraser University.

TransLink added shuttle buses to take passengers up to the campus.

Up to eight cm of snow was also reported in higher elevations in South Vancouver, Port Coquitlam and the North Shore, but the forecast was calling for heavy rain for the rest of the day and into Friday.
With files from the Canadian Press

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