Simon Fraser University has cancelled all classes today due to snow

Feb 4 2020, 7:33 am

With the snow back in Metro Vancouver, at least one post-secondary institution isn’t taking any chances and has cancelled all classes at all its campuses today.

On Twitter, Simon Fraser University (SFU) announced that “due to significant snow forecasted, and concerns about commuting conditions, and the safety of our community,” it has closed all its campuses including Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver.

Buildings remain open on all SFU campuses, but classes, exams, services, and campus activities are cancelled,” the school added.

According to an Environment Canada warning on Monday, the forecasted snow applies to 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

“A favourable set up for widespread low elevation snow over the south coast is shaping up for Tuesday and Tuesday night,” said the weather agency.

“A front will track down the BC coast beginning Tuesday morning and combine with a cool air mass to produce snow across the lowlands.”

Snowfall amounts will vary across the region, and anywhere from 5 to 20 cm is expected.

“The highest amounts are likely over Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley where the snow will persist the longest, until Tuesday night or Wednesday morning,” the agency said.