After hours of snowfall overnight, the Richmond School District has announced that schools will be closed today.
Some private schools were closed Monday and continued closures into Tuesday. Confirmed Richmond private schools that remain closed due to weather include:
- Az-Zahraa Islamic Academy
- Cornerstone Christian Academy
- St. Joseph the Worker
All of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's campuses remained closed on Tuesday as well, including the Richmond campus.
ALL KPU CAMPUSES ARE CLOSED-Tuesday, February 12, 6:26am.— KwantlenU (@KwantlenU) February 12, 2019
All KPU campuses are closed due to severe weather, poor travel conditions and Environment Canada snowfall warning. For updates please check https://t.co/g6osxNJ1Kb
Classes at Trinity Western's Richmond campus are also cancelled.
Weather Update: Morning classes will commence per usual at our Langley Campus and an update will be posted by 11:00 a.m. for our afternoon classes that begin at 1:30 p.m. *Richmond campus classes will be canceled for the day.* *last update at: 7:00 a.m. - Tuesday, Feb 12 2019*— Trinity Western (@TrinityWestern) February 12, 2019
Richmond has been under a snowfall warning since Sunday, with flakes expected throughout Tuesday as well.
“Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions,” said Environment Canada’s snowfall warning, updated Tuesday. “Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.”
The City of Richmond had crews out late into the night, plowing and salting "first priority roads."
10 trucks are currently out plowing #RichmondBC 1st priority routes, 8 also salting & 2 using brine. Additional small trucks are plowing & salting City core. Emergency services lots are also being cleared & treated. Take care & please stay clear of plows & equipment. #BCStorm pic.twitter.com/83lrH9zuFx— Richmond, BC Alerts (@RichmondBCAlert) February 12, 2019
The city is also warning drivers to remember to clear their vehicles of snow. On Monday, a Richmond driver was fined $109 for "vision obstructed" after it was seen still covered in snow.
Steady, blowing snow for morning commute in @Richmond_BC. Please drive safely, stay clear of plows. leave plenty of room to stop. For best visibility, clear all snow off vehicle. All our trucks are out clearing priority routes. https://t.co/7qBif7AJLV #RichmondBC #BCStorm pic.twitter.com/hW2yvsEkos— Richmond, BC Alerts (@RichmondBCAlert) February 12, 2019
Translink has warned of system-wide delays due to ice and snow today, and advised commuters to dress in warm layers in anticipation of waiting in the cold.
#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
So far, Translink hasn’t tweeted about Canada Line delays, but reports from track level indicate there are longer-than-normal wait times between trains.