Winter has finally decided to hit Vancouver, and it is coming at us hard. What was a mild winter season has turned into a chaotic, snowy mess. Several parts of Vancouver have shut down today on Tuesday, February 12 during the snow storm. Many schools, universities, attractions and more are completely closed. Check out the complete list of today's closures and cancellations across Metro Vancouver.
Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Vancouver today. The agency is forecasting long periods of snow and 15 to 25 cm of snowfall in the city. They are now warning locals to be careful during their commutes and on the roads.
"Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions," reads the weather alert from Environment Canada. "Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow."
There has been much more snow than usual in Vancouver – in fact, this is the most snow and coldest weather the city has seen in over 10 years. So, many schools, universities, attractions and more have gone into shutdown mode today in the midst of the snow storm.
Check out all the closures across Metro Vancouver today below.
"Tuesday Feb. 12 day classes at UBC Point Grey are cancelled due to expected commute conditions. This affects classes starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m. A decision on evening classes is pending.
Please note the campus is NOT closed. Essential staff are expected to come to work. Non-essential staff are expected to come to work unless they’ve spoken with, or received direction from, their manager and made alternative arrangements." - UBC
All SFU campuses are closed. "SFU’s Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver campus are closed today February 12 due to weather conditions. Campus buildings remain open on all SFU campuses, but all classes, exams, university services and campus activities are cancelled for the entire day. The Burnaby campus library building is closed for the day." - SFU
Both Capilano University campuses are closed today because of the weather and road conditions.
The entire Langara College campus is closed today and all classes, both regular studies and Continuing Studies, are canceled.
"Due to winter conditions across the Lower Mainland, all BCIT campuses are CLOSED today, February 12. All classes are cancelled and all BCIT buildings and services are closed." - BCIT
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
"All KPU campuses are closed due to severe weather, poor travel conditions, and Environment Canada snowfall warning." - Kwantlen Polytechnic University
All campuses are closed today.
Vancouver Premier College
The campus is closed today.
Vancouver Community College
All VCC campuses are closed today.
Emily Carr University
The entire university is closed today and all classes are cancelled. Please note there is no access to campus.
The following public school districts in Metro Vancouver are closed, meaning all public schools in the district have a snow day.
- Greater Victoria School District
- Nanaimo Ladysmith School District
- Cowichan Valley School District
- Sooke School District
- Campbell River School District
- New Westminster
- West Vancouver
- North Vancouver
- Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows
Vancouver International Airport
The YVR airport has cancelled several flights and many more are delayed. The airport is reminding travelers to make sure to check their flight status before they head to the airport and to give extra time to your commute. They also tweeted this morning that crews are ready to help travellers get on their way safely.
YVR WEATHER UPDATE: It continues to snow at YVR. Our crews are ready to help get you on your way safely. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and check the status of your flight before you leave! pic.twitter.com/vNVaiKYWrc— Vancouver Airport (@yvrairport) February 12, 2019
There are several transit delays and cancellations in several regions that Translink operates. The transit company has warned commuters to expect service delays and disruptions today. Yesterday, there were massive lineups and delays on the Expo Line.
Translink also announced in a tweet that the Expo and Millennium Lines are running but will have less frequent service. They told commuters to be "prepared for longer waits and more crowded trains and platforms".
To keep updated on transit delays or disruptions, you can visit Translink's twitter page.
#RiderAlert Due to snow, ice & slow driving conditions, expect some service disruptions & delays throughout the day. Please dress in layers & for the elements. There may be extra crowding on some routes due to additional passengers & articulated buses are now 40 foot buses. ^DA— TransLink BC (@TransLink) February 12, 2019
Capilano Suspension Bridge
The #StanleyPark seawall is closed between Siwash Rock and Lions Gate Bridge due to the risk of ice breaking off the rock face onto the path. We are monitoring the situation and will provide an update when it reopens. #Vancouver pic.twitter.com/U9dA6htECV— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) February 11, 2019
VanDusen Botanical Garden
🛑Please note that we will be CLOSED today due to inclement weather. If you're looking for a fun outing with the kids, we recommend taking public transit to the tropical @BloedelConserv open from 10am to 5pm today. #snowcouver #snowday #vancouver @ParkBoard @CityofVancouver pic.twitter.com/HSSLZVM71k— VanDusen Garden (@VanDusenGdn) February 12, 2019
According to Environment Canada, the snow is expected to let up later this afternoon. However, it is predicted to make a comeback again later this week, and snow flurries are in the forecast for Thursday, February 14 and Friday.