Snow cancels schools, leading to snow day in Cowichan Valley 

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Shoveling the heavy snow in the Cowichan Valley on Jan. 13, 2020.

With his hat blowing in the wind and snow and his quad crushing the accumulations covering his Youbou driveway, Armin Merkel’s handlebar moustache was alive with a smile Monday.

“I just love it,” said Merkel.

“I just love it when it snows. I do. Just a mountain man, having fun in the snow.”

There was a lot of snow around the Lake Cowichan and Youbou areas Monday.

“It’s a lot to shovel,” said Lake Cowichan resident Jean Osborn.

Residents said once the snow started, it just didn’t stop and road crews couldn’t keep up.

“The main roads aren’t too bad,” said Lake Cowichan resident Mark Meury.

“The side roads are really scary.

It led to the cancellation of classes across the Cowichan Valley School district Monday.

Few think this will be a one-day event. With more snow in the forecast, there was a rush on supplies in case they get snowed in.

People were buying firewood, groceries and beer.

Should there be another storm, Youbou resident Mike Wilson will be ready with a fire and cold beer.

“It’s snowing and it’s not supposed to let up for a couple days apparently,” said Wilson.

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