Massive hailstorm flashes through parts of North Vancouver

Citizens sheltering from COVID-19 get outside to document rare spring thunderstorm

Residents of North Vancouver got a surprise diversion from the COVID-19 crisis Tuesday evening when a massive hail storm, complete with ultra-rare thunder and lightning, roared through town.

Physical distancing citizens emerged from their homes to document the rare early spring event, crowding social media channels with images and videos of a town painted white by hail. We asked readers to submit their favourite shots to our Facebook page, and they responded with white gold.

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Twitter was also buzzing with neat images of the storm. The culprit was a pair of storm cells that passed through Metro Vancouver Tuesday evening bringing with them rain, hail and lightning, with a chance of wet flurries possible overnight and into Wednesday morning, according to Environment Canada.

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