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A snowstorm hit Vancouver and people are not handling it well

People in Vancouver got hit with a bunch of snow as rare winter weather continues to touch down in most of Southern B.C.

Before 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, more than 20 cm of snow had already been recorded in Victoria, according to the Weather Network.

Conditions forced school closures in every school district across the Lower Mainland, with significant delays due to inclement weather reported from Metro Vancouver's bus and SkyTrain services.

As a city that doesn't get much snow, and really isn't equipped to handle a this kind of winter storm, you can imagine that people aren't handling this rare weather all that well. 

For instance, this man was scene shoveling with a folding chair. 

And this man was seen shoveling with a dustpan. 

Skytrain attendants even went as far as using hockey sticks to deice train doors.

But apparently using household items to shovel isn't that uncommon in a city that doesn't appear to own many shovels. 

This kind of weather is historic for these parts of Vancouver Island. Accumulations of up to half a metre is possible for higher terrain of the island, while 20 to 30 cm will be widespread at lower elevations, according to the Weather Network.

The rough weather made it difficult for transit to run smoothly, 

Some people had to get creative with their modes of transportation, including this skier who took to the streets.

For some locals the snow hasn't been all that bad. The Vancouver Aquarium reported that their residents have been enjoying the weather. 

While the snow should start to slow down by the end of the day, Vancouver is still in for some messy weather heading into the evening according to Environment Canada. Flurries are expected to change to a few rain showers near midnight. 

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