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Nicknamed "Raincouver" by locals, Vancouver receives an average of 177 centimeters (69 inches) precipitation every year. This means that students should expect average rainfall/snow at least two days every week depending on weather conditions. Though it's rare, the campus does see weeks of clear weather at times. With that being said, there may also be a whole week of on and off rainfall. It is important to note that rain in Vancouver is not what some people may consider as "rain." Most of the time, it simply drizzles; thus, a simple waterproof jacket or parka is all you need—an umbrella is not necessary most of the time, and people just look at you funny if you ever wear a raincoat.
The campus occasionally experiences snow from December to February. Most snowfall occurs overnight and very rarely causes any difficulties in transportation. Sweaters and coats are generally enough to keep you warm during snow days—though, some people do go to class in snow jackets at times. Temperatures do occasionally go below 0C (32F), most of the time during the night, so do expect to be wearing jackets, coats, or hoodies quite often.