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White stuff on its way and city’s bracing for it

The rest of Canada got theirs last week and now it’s Vancouver’s turn to brace for the first snowfall of the year.

The rest of Canada got theirs last week and now it’s Vancouver’s turn to brace for the first snowfall of the year.

Flurries are expected to start Friday afternoon, but Environment Canada says the snowfall should be mild and scattered.

“Nothing big by the looks of it,” said meteorologist John McIntyre. “(The flurries) will continue through the night and into Saturday.”

He said as much as 10 cm could fall on Sunday night — which may make for a slower Monday morning commute — but by then the temperatures will be climbing back above zero.

With any luck, this winter’s snowfall won’t be as severe as it was last year — but if it is, the city will be a bit more prepared.

Murray Wightman, manager of street operations for Vancouver, said five new snowplows have been added to the fleet of 46, and the city has two new snowblowers, including a $16,000 machine picked up at auction.

 
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