Some years we don't get any winter weather in SW B.C., but the norm is to get at least one bout of snow and cold. Last year on this date I was washing our cars. Today it's -9C (15F) with a couple of inches of snow on the ground. Strong northeast wind coming from our neighbors in Alberta (-26C (-15F) in Calgary this morning). People living where they have 'real' winter always laugh at our freaking out when it snows. All the schools are closed today! A young lady cashier at a store I was at yesterday summed it up. She said, "When somebody mentions the word snow around here, we all jump in our cars and drive right into the nearest ditch." Bingo!