After Simon Fraser University announced this morning that classes at all of its campuses were cancelled for the day due to the snow, BCIT has now announced it is also cancelling classes for the remainder of this afternoon for the same reason.
In a release, BCIT said that “due to winter conditions across the Lower Mainland, all BCIT campuses will close today at 12:30 pm.”
This, the school said, includes “all part-time and full-time classes,” as well as any scheduled exams.
BCIT said it will continue to monitor the weather and will provide a new update on campus conditions by 5:30 am Wednesday morning, and in the meantime it is asking all students, staff, and faculty to safely make their way off campuses.”
The announcement comes after Environment Canada warned this morning of “heavy, wet snow” across the region.
A bulletin was issued by the agency and is in effect for the following areas:
- Metro Vancouver – central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
- Metro Vancouver – North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
- Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
- Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
- Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta
Between five to 20 cm of snow is expected throughout the day and overnight as a cold front moves across the south coast of British Columbia.
According to Environment Canada, snowfall amounts will vary significantly.
“The air will be cool, but not truly Arctic, so snowfall amounts will vary with proximity to the water, elevation, and intensity of precipitation,” reads the statement.
Northern and inland sections of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley are expected to receive the most snow. Southwestern parts of Metro Vancouver will likely transition to rain in the early afternoon or evening.
Drivers are reminded to adjust to the changing road conditions and allow extra time going to and from their destination.