It may be February but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Vancouver. If you haven’t looked outside yet, there has been a pretty serious snowfall already this morning. Because of the Vancouver weather, the city is beginning to cancel literally everything so maybe today is the perfect day to stay inside.
Vancouver has had a relatively mild winter this year, but we did see some uncharacteristic snowfall back in January. As the first big snowfall of winter, it caused a great deal of chaos in the city.
Unfortunately, today might send us back in the same direction.
Environment Canada is calling for an intense amount of snowfall today and by the looks of it, it is already happening.
The snowfall warning states that total amounts could accumulate to about 20 centimetres today and tonight.
While the snowfall amounts may vary significantly across the region, Environment Canada has said that the air will be “cool, but not truly Arctic.”
This means that in areas of Metro Vancouver, the snow may transition to rain by tomorrow.
Even though we all expected the snowfall, the city is still shutting down.
If you happen to be a student, you may want to check your emails as many institutions have cancelled class around Metro Vancouver as of today.
Global News has released a complete list of schools that are closed and it includes the Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver campuses for SFU, Burnaby’s Holy Cross Elementary, and Surrey’s Christian School.
John Knox Christian School in Surrey and Burnaby have also been delayed to start at 10 a.m. today.
1/2 Due to significant #snow forecasted & concerns about commuting conditions & the safety of our community, #SFU’s… https://t.co/2UhGpMCDL8— Simon Fraser University (@Simon Fraser University) 1580825506.0
SFU has released a tweet stating that due to the significant snow forecasted, there were concerns about commuting and safety.
Because of this, the campuses will be closed today but buildings will remain open.
Even though you can access the campus, no classes or exams will be taking place.
Along with the school closures, TransLink is warning of possible snow-related service impacts.
In an email sent to Narcity by TransLink, the company states that they are trying their best to eliminate any possible delays or cancellations by taking a number of steps.
These steps include calling in extra staff, using special anti-icing trucks, and coordinating with municipalities to clear snow on priority routes.
As of 8:30 a.m., the company's website explained that there are 106 alerts on buses alone.
“Winter weather conditions are expected to arrive this morning! Bus and SkyTrain service may be impacted across the system today. Please allow extra travel time and bundle up,” they wrote.
"Frequency on SkyTrain may be slightly reduced, but capacity is the same," TransLink told us in their email. "Nothing out of the ordinary to report at this time."
Narcity has reached out to SFU for comment and will update this story when we receive a response.