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Old 01-14-2012, 10:00 AM   #2501
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I filled the box of my truck with snow but doubt I'll be able to get down the side streets. Oh well, stay in and watch football I guess........who am I kidding I was going to do that anyway it's fricking playoffs!!!!!
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anyone in richmond and tsawwassen area who can comment? anywhere on the way to point roberts.
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It may only snow a few weeks a year in Vancouver, but temperatures hover near or below freezing for months and all season tires are not designed to operate in temperatures below 7 degrees. A couple hundred dollars a year amortized over the life of winter tires is a small price to pay for the added safety and security over the entire season, nevermind not having to take a gamble everytime you drive when it snows.
Hate to tell you but i've been "gambling" with winter driving for the past 15 years and guess what, I've won every year. All seasons, all year round in Vancouver and no problems. I haven't hit anything and I get home safely, everynight, even last night. Its like i've been playing roulette and betting on 00 and winning everytime.

How many sets of winter tires should I have gone through in 15 years, how many hundreds of dollars might have I wasted? But then again, maybe you're right, maybe I should go spends hundreds of dollars on snow tires. But as I look outside... I see the snow is already melting, main roads are already clear and I still have hundreds of dollars in my pocket.
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anyone in richmond and tsawwassen area who can comment? anywhere on the way to point roberts.
No snow in richmond. I'm heading to point roberts too later!
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Richmond here - all sunny and melting. Cars parked outside not even white any more.
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Hate to tell you but i've been "gambling" with winter driving for the past 15 years and guess what, I've won every year. All seasons, all year round in Vancouver and no problems. I haven't hit anything and I get home safely, everynight, even last night. Its like i've been playing roulette and betting on 00 and winning everytime.

How many sets of winter tires should I have gone through in 15 years, how many hundreds of dollars might have I wasted? But then again, maybe you're right, maybe I should go spends hundreds of dollars on snow tires. But as I look outside... I see the snow is already melting, main roads are already clear and I still have hundreds of dollars in my pocket.
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Hate to tell you but i've been "gambling" with winter driving for the past 15 years and guess what, I've won every year. All seasons, all year round in Vancouver and no problems. I haven't hit anything and I get home safely, everynight, even last night. Its like i've been playing roulette and betting on 00 and winning everytime.

How many sets of winter tires should I have gone through in 15 years, how many hundreds of dollars might have I wasted? But then again, maybe you're right, maybe I should go spends hundreds of dollars on snow tires. But as I look outside... I see the snow is already melting, main roads are already clear and I still have hundreds of dollars in my pocket.
So I guess you won winter of 08/09 too. Unless you're lying!. You do know winter tires perform better in the weather due to the Low temperature conditions and not just because of snow.
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There's nothing in Richmond. Even the trace of flurries on the grass is next to none.
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08/09 was fine too. It was maybe only a few days where you couldn't actually drive. I think Christmas eve and Christmas day were bad that year. The rest of the winter season was fine. I remember hitting up the mountains for some great skiing that year. On my all seasons of course.

But LiquidTurbo hit the nail on the head. Peace of mind is priceless. If the Fountain Tire commercials and threating news in October of the "worse winter in years" convinces you to buy snow tires, then by all means good for you.

I know snow tires perform better in cold weather than all seasons. But I drive max 60 km/hr on local roads. How much performance do you need when you're driving that slow?
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if anyone was like me and waited till the last minute to get their tires on go to Alpi's in surrey. no wait and cost me 80 bucks for mount and balance
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barely any snow this year 'cause the people in Vancouver are too heaty
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lol

i was out earlier and there was Coquitlam RCMP pulling people over for not clearing snow off their cars

there was one stupid asian lady in prius with only 1/2 her windshield cleared and nothing else

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chilliwack was pretty bad this morning, cars in ditches on HWY1 and approx 6" of snow on the ground.
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Hate to tell you but i've been "gambling" with winter driving for the past 15 years and guess what, I've won every year. All seasons, all year round in Vancouver and no problems. I haven't hit anything and I get home safely, everynight, even last night. Its like i've been playing roulette and betting on 00 and winning everytime.

How many sets of winter tires should I have gone through in 15 years, how many hundreds of dollars might have I wasted? But then again, maybe you're right, maybe I should go spends hundreds of dollars on snow tires. But as I look outside... I see the snow is already melting, main roads are already clear and I still have hundreds of dollars in my pocket.
You will probably go thru the same number of sets of winter/summer tires compared to all season tires. You will use your winters for half a year and your summers for half a year versus using your all season for a WHOLE year, probably producing the same amount of wear. So no you will not waste a single dollar for having proper equipment on your car.

I know you've gone through 15 winters without having winter tires...but have you ever driven on winter tires before? I had the same mentality as you before until I've actually driven in winter tires and found that I had much more control of the vehicle. After all those 4 little rubber patches are the ONLY parts of your car in contact with the road.
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^That's quite true actually. Spent ~$300 this year for a set of used steelies and snow tires with decent tread left (more for the rims, since they were dirt cheap for OEM compared to the dealer's prices). It's worth it for that extra grip throughout the winter, and the fact that I don't have to use my all-seasons and good rims through all this crap on the ground. Frankly it won't cost me much extra to run 2 sets of wheels and tires compared to all-seasons year round.

On the other hand, parents have been running all-seasons year round for the past 2 decades with no incident, so it can be done if you're not an idiot. We have fairly mild winters after all. To each their own.
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On the other hand, parents have been running all-seasons year round for the past 2 decades with no incident, so it can be done if you're not an idiot. We have fairly mild winters after all. To each their own.
Depends where you live and what kind of car you drive.

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A cold front moved through bringing various amounts of snow to all of the Metro Vancouver area. Here are the snowfall totals as reported by Environment Canada:
Chilliwack - 24
Hope Slide - 24
Mission - 16
Port Moody - 12-15
Coquitlam Como Lake - 14
North Surrey - 14
Burnaby Simon Fraser U. - 13
Langley - 12
North Vancouver - 3-10
North Delta - 5
Vancouver International Airport - 2
Downtown Vancouver - Trace.

Many posts on the weather forums report similar amounts in various places. In many areas the snow changed over to rain before ending this morning. Colder air aloft is moving in now and the air mass will become increasingly unstable. The unstable air mass will continue into Tuesday.

In an unstable air mass it becomes more difficult to pinpoint when and where it will snow so we have put in a chance of flurries in each day. Radar images show a few scattered flurries may move through this evening bringing a potential for another centimetre or two of snow in various places. Satellite images show a weak low pressure system 300 km west of Port Hardy tracking southeast.

The NAM and GFS models both show a similar track and bring the centre of this weak low pressure system to western Washington and southern Vancouver Island early on Sunday morning. The exact track of this low will dictate where the more organized bands of flurries will rotate around. The NAM and GFS model shows southern and western areas of Metro Vancouver and perhaps the Fraser Valley will be more likely to see some snow as a result of this weak low pressure system.

This system moves off to the east during the day on Sunday and then another weak low pressure system moves in on Monday bringing another possible round of flurry activity. Starting on Wednesday, a series of stronger and much larger systems moving across the Pacific will hit the west coast of North America.

The GFS model shows the first system hitting the Washington State coast on Wednesday, second one hitting Vancouver Island on Thursday, and a very powerful 963mb low hitting the north end of Vancouver Island on Friday.

There has been a lot of variability in the exact track of the stronger systems during the last half of the week so we will have to wait and see what the end result will actually be.
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Weird.. when I went to work (downtown) no sign of snow come back home to surrey and still a lot of snow
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