After what was an unusually warm and sunny few months, winter has finally decided to hit Vancouver hard and the city is not exactly prepared for it. Parts of Vancouver are shutting down as the city braces for another snow storm today. Several school districts and universities across the Greater Vancouver area have completely closed down today. Environment Canada has even issued another weather warning for the city of Vancouver.
Vancouver is expected to be hit by up to 15 cm of snow today, according to Environment Canada's weather warning. They also forecast a "long period of snowfall" is coming.
"A second low pressure centre in as many days will give more snow to the South Coast beginning this afternoon and continuing into Tuesday morning," reads the alert. "This second disturbance will spread snow to virtually the entire South Coast with heaviest amounts falling tonight".
This has caused parts of the city to go into shutdown mode. There are tons of closures and delays across not just Vancouver today, but in other parts of the province too.
Numerous schools have now been completely shut down in the city of Vancouver. The following schools are closed today because of the snow conditions.
- St. Patrick’s Elementary School
- Vancouver College
- Fraser Academy
- St. Francis Xavier Elementary School
- St. Mary’s Elementary School
- St. Jude Elementary School
- St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School and Preschool
- St. Anthony of Padua Elementary School
- Crofton House School
- York House School
- Little Flower Academy
- Saint Andrew’s Elementary School
- Our Lady of Sorrows
- Westside Montessori Academy
- St. George’s School
- Corpus Christi School
- Van Horne Elementary
- Notre Dame Regional Secondary School
- St. Patrick’s Regional Secondary School
Due to the snow and poor road conditions, LFA will be closed today. https://t.co/U0ToDlW0PE— LittleFlowerAcademy (@LFABC) February 11, 2019
Due to current weather and road conditions, Vancouver College's campus will be CLOSED on Monday, February 11, 2019. With more snow in the forecast, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide parents with any necessary updates through email. Stay warm and safe! pic.twitter.com/oJcF9achCQ— Vancouver College (@VanCollegeNews) February 11, 2019
Other school districts in Metro Vancouver and BC are even completely closed today. Check out the list below.
- Greater Victoria
- Comox Valley
- Gulf Islands
- Nanaimo Ladysmith
- Cowichan Valley
- Sunshine Coast
To see the full list of school closures in Metro Vancouver, you can check out Global News.
Not only are schools closed down across the city, but there have been significant transit delays as well, and even shutdowns. Vancouver's Skytrain, The Expo line, is not operating between Columbia Station and Lougheed Station because of the weather, Translink announced in a tweet.
There is also a reduction in service on the Expo and Millennium line of the Skytrain. Translink warned commuters that there is expected to be delays and extra crowding on buses and trains today.
#TransitAlert Due to snowy & icy weather, remember to dress for the elements, wear proper footwear and expect some service disruptions throughout the day. There may be extra crowding on some routes as many articulated buses have been switched with standard, 40-foot buses. ^DA— TransLink BC (@TransLink) February 11, 2019
People have not been happy with all the transit delays across the city. Some have even taken to Twitter to complain. From the pictures they are sharing, you can see how intense the lineups are for transit in Vancouver today.
Totally flabbergasted at @TransLink #SkyTrain this morning. It's like they had no idea it was going to snow! Current lineup for M Line, E Line center platform is FULL. #SnowMageddon2019 apparently. #BCStorm #Burnaby #publictransit #Vancouver https://t.co/0AVDWJRxrx pic.twitter.com/Xlx7gDQkPJ— Mike T (@cookncarpenter) February 11, 2019
I try not to take the #Skytrain between 8-10am but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Whenever there’s any sort of problem, like today, it’s insane. What’s the solution? I try not to drive but it’s becoming increasingly hard to avoid doing so (yes, I walk/bike when I can). #Vancouver pic.twitter.com/JUFUEs2O8d— Kevin Eastwood (@Kevin_Eastwood) February 11, 2019
First train in 25 minutes. Two of the doors weren't opening. Probably because people were pushing them open to get on. #newwestminster #skytrain #bcstorm #mytranslink #delays pic.twitter.com/HVFRTPwS89— Ms. Mayette (@mizmayette) February 11, 2019
The YVR Airport in Vancouver is also reminding passengers to check their flight information beforehand and make sure to get there extra early because of the snowy weather. There have been several delayed and even canceled flights today at the Vancouver airport.
Winter weather conditions continue at YVR with more snow in the forecast. We’ve got our whole crew working hard to get people on their way. Be safe, leave plenty of time and check with your airline for flight info before heading to the airport. #snowday pic.twitter.com/DsNBl7mDQX— Vancouver Airport (@yvrairport) February 11, 2019
The City of Vancouver has also announced that they will not be collecting Green Bins today and tomorrow.
Green Bin service is cancelled today & tomorrow (Feb. 11 and 12) to allow crews to focus on snow clearing, salting and garbage collection. Regular Green Bin service is expected to resume Feb. 13. For more info: https://t.co/4qXl140pyq pic.twitter.com/IIJjWnPbg5— City of Vancouver (@CityofVancouver) February 11, 2019
BC Ferries has cancelled several of their sailings because of the weather.
#BCFHeadsUp— BC Ferries (@BCFerries) February 11, 2019
Due to deteriorating weather & snow forecast, the last trips for several routes between Metro Vancouver & Vancouver Island are cancelled.
Our crews are working hard to keep you moving safely today 👊. More about the cancelled sailings: https://t.co/FzITweKVGn ^as
Canada Post has also announced that some Metro Vancouver residents would not be receiving mail today.
Weather conditions are impeding mail delivery in the Greater Vancouver Area, on Vancouver Island and the South Coast of BC. While every effort is being made to deliver the mail, some customers may not receive mail today. Delivery will resume once it's safe to do so.— Canada Post Helps (@canadaposthelps) February 11, 2019
Vancouverites have not exactly been enjoying some of the shutdowns and delays across the city. Many have taken to Twitter to talk about the snowy, cold weather in the city right now or to share photos or video of what a snow day looks like in Vancouver.
Dear rest of Canada, we got your hate package. Love Vancouver pic.twitter.com/wsNzLtiIxY— Murray Titus (@Choppermurman) February 10, 2019
Moody Pond Hockey— Kelly Canuck🍁 (@KellyCanuckTO) February 10, 2019
📹 outofasuitcase pic.twitter.com/JsP6ODiv39
Happy Monday Vancouver pic.twitter.com/xTXaBl2rKV— Unition Otter (@unitionotter) February 11, 2019
Vancouver, why the f is every single city so unprepared when it starts snowing? The roads are just ridiculous... #vancouversnow— Tash Bolina (@natashabolina) February 11, 2019
According to Environment Canada, the snow is not expected to let up in Vancouver until after Tuesday morning. Until then, brace yourselves Vancouverites, because the city will go into shutdown mode.