We didn't get much out in Maple Ridge overnight - barely a skim. But the rain did freeze to the cars, had to chip the ice off the windshield this morning to get the wife to the train. I am so thankful I don't commute any more, I can only dream that it stays this way - snow or not!
I am glad to see the snow this year, it's been a few years since we had any that stuck around for more than a few hours. The Armada isn't armed with winter tires, so it sits like a frozen lump in the driveway - haven't even attempted to clear anything off of it since the first snow last week. My yellow Xterra had a distributor problem 3 weeks ago, came home on the hook. Got that fixed only to have the rad fail, but a replacement was only $130 (can’t believe they can produce a rad for that!). The new rad and thermostat didn't solve the overheating problem. Two days later I'm followed by a huge cloud of white...turns out the rad failed because it has a blown head gasket! Truck got parked, and I bought another Xterra (Grey 2000) for $1200 and threw my good winter tires on it. Initially I bought it as a parts truck for the motor, but it runs/drives so good that i think I'll just keep driving it and do a proper repair on the yellow Xterra - take my time and rebuild the top end correctly, and change the clutch and all hoses while the engine is out. In the end it’ll have a new rad and distributor, I’ll problem get another 5 or 10 years or more out of it if the body makes it!
But I am happy to have a 4wd winter beater with good snow tires for this recent weather. And the girls and kids are loving it. I have two exchange students, one each from Spain and Thailand - neither have seen snow before, so it's pretty exciting for them. And of course my own two kids at 7 and 10 love the snow as well, as it's hardly ever seen here in Vancouver. Here's a photo of my daughter and my Spanish girl making snow angles in the driveway. And the Boston terrier just goes nuts when I throw her outside - the magic of snow
The ice lump behind the lighted bush is the Armada!