Snow day: Metro Vancouver campuses closed due to weather
A bench at Simon Fraser University sits under a light dusting of snow in this file photo.
VANCOUVER -- With Metro Vancouver under a snowfall warning and several centimetres of snow expected, at least one university has announced multiple campuses are closed for the day.
Simon Fraser University posted on Twitter shortly after 6 a.m. saying it was closing its Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver campuses, "due to significant snow forecasted and concerns about commuting conditions and the safety of our community."
The university's buildings will remain open on all campuses, but classes, exams, services and activities will all be cancelled.
In the afternoon, BCIT announced it was closing all of its campuses as of 12:30 "due to weather conditions across the Lower Mainland." Classes and exams were cancelled for the rest of the day. VCC classes were also cancelled for the day as of 2 p.m. because of the weather, but campuses remained open.
Surrey Christian School also announced it was closing all of its pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 campuses, "due to expected changing winter road conditions throughout today."
Environment Canada's forecast for the region predicts anywhere from five to 20 centimetres of snow is expected to fall across B.C.'s south coast.
"Snowfall amounts will vary significantly across the region. The air will be cool, but not truly Arctic, so snowfall amounts will vary with proximity to the water, elevation and intensity of precipitation," Environment Canada's warning said.