There’s a wet, heavy blanket of fresh snow laying across Greater Victoria Thursday morning, leaving the region’s residents dealing with quite a few delays and cancellations. Here’s everything you need to know about Greater Victoria’s snow day.
The Greater Victoria, Sooke and Saanich school districts will be closed all day Thursday as roads are cleared of snow and the threat of freezing rain looms. Not many students were scheduled to be in classes, as the majority of students aren’t set to return until Jan. 10 due to a pandemic-induced delayed start.
Camosun College and the University of Victoria have also closed their campuses for the day. Royal Roads University said its campus is only temporarily closed until roads are cleared.
Due to significant snowfall overnight and the risk of freezing rain, all schools in the Greater Victoria School District are CLOSED today (Jan. 6th, 2022). All rentals are also cancelled. pic.twitter.com/aa5E2WsxXo
— Greater Victoria SD (@sd61schools) January 6, 2022
People looking to get around on transit Thursday morning are also stuck at home for the time being. BC Transit has suspended multiple bus routes throughout Greater Victoria until roads are cleared. Routes 4, 6, 7, 11, 14, 15, 21, 26, 28, 31, 50, 52, 54, 55, 59, 60, 61, 70 and 72 are currently operating with modified & reduced service.
At 3:30 p.m., BC Transit confirmed routes 1, 12, 13, 25, 43, 46, 47, 48, 53, 56, 57, 63, 64, 65, 83, 85, 87 and 88 will not run for the rest of the day “due to challenging road conditions.”
Up to date information about bus routes can be found at the BC Transit website.
Routes 4, 6, 11, 14, 15, 21, 26, 28, 50, 61, 70 & 72 are currently operating with modified & reduced service.
Visit our alerts page for updates –
Thanks for your patience!
— BC Transit – Victoria (@victoriatransit) January 6, 2022
Environment Canada’s winter storm warning remains in effect for the region. It forecasts the overnight heavy snow will begin to mix with rain Thursday, with the possibility of freezing rain throughout the day.
The weather agency warns that snow and freezing rain can reduce visibility and make roads and sidewalks a treacherous place to travel.
“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop,” it said in its weather statement.
The City of Victoria will be operating a warming centre at 380 Cook St. today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Well-behaved pets are permitted in the centre.
The Salvation Army ARC at 525 Johnson St. offers 30 overnight spaces starting at 8:30 p.m. during extreme weather alerts. Pets and shopping carts are not permitted. Soup is served from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Sooke Shelter at 6750 West Coast Rd. also makes 5 mats available overnight starting at 7 p.m. during periods with extreme weather alerts. Pets and shopping carts are permitted, and meals and snacks are provided.
With snow-covered and icy roads creating unsafe conditions, the Capital Regional District has cancelled curbside recycling collection for all of its scheduled routes on Jan. 6. Affected residents are being asked to hold their recycling until their next collection day.
There is no limit on how much recycling can be placed at the curb.
City of Victoria waste collection crews continue to operate.
Snow or shine, our City Crews are hard at work! 👋 Give them a wave if you see them out today in the snow. If it’s your waste collection day – our crews are coming! pic.twitter.com/CegBvwwR1S
— City of Victoria (@CityOfVictoria) January 6, 2022
BC Ferries cancelled several morning sailings.
Sailings between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay were cancelled all morning to the 10:25 a.m. sailing.
The 7 a.m. leaving Swartz Bay for Tsawwassen and 9 a.m. return from the mainland; Duke Point to Tsawwassen at 5:15 a.m. and return run at 7:45 a.m. from Tsawwassen to Duke Point were all cancelled.
Several early morning sailings are hampered by fog from Swartz Bay in North Saanich to the Gulf Islands.
Follow current conditions here.
A number of departing and arriving flights to Victoria International Airport were cancelled or delayed. Cancelled departures included flights to Vancouver at 11:10 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. and Calgary at 11:20 a.m. Flights to Edmonton, Kelowna, Seattle at 10:05 a.m., 10:20 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. were delayed as well.
Arrivals from Calgary scheduled at 10:28 a.m. and Vancouver at 10:37 and 11:39 a.m were cancelled. Arrivals from Calgary at 10:30 a.m., Seattle at 11:50 a.m., and Kelowna at 9:40 and 10:35 a.m. were delayed.
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