Cowichan Valley schools closed as arctic air brings more snow to Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley schools closed as arctic air brings more snow to Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is seeing some school closures in the Cowichan Valley today as strong arctic outflow winds from the Fraser Valley continue to bring heavy snow.

Snow began to fall Sunday afternoon and evening in some areas.

East Vancouver Island, from Duncan to Nanaimo, the Malahat Highway, from Goldstream to Mill Bay, and the Southern Gulf Islands were under a snowfall warning with five to 15 centimetres expected but the warning was lifted later Monday morning.

The Cowichan Valley School District has closed all schools for Monday due to adverse and icy winter weather, and winter driving conditions throughout the Cowichan Valley.

However, all schools in Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools and the Greater Victoria School District are open. Buses are running.

Camosun College’s Landsdowne and Interurban campuses are open. All day and evening classes are scheduled to run.

Schools that are closed

  • Cowichan Valley School District schools
  • Queen Margaret’s School, located in Duncan
  • Queen of Angels School, located in Duncan

Schools that are open

  • Saanich School District schools. Buses are running.
  • Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. Buses are running.
  • Greater Victoria School District schools. Buses are running.
  • Pacific Christian School. Buses are running.
  • School District No. 69 Qualicum. Buses are running.
  • St. Michaels University School
  • Camosun College, both Interurban and Landsdowne Campus
  • All Island Catholic Schools in Victoria and Port Alberni
  • Salt Spring Island schools (School District 64). Buses are running.
  • Pender School is open but bus is not running.
  • Royal Roads University. Parking lots at the top of campus and below Hatley Castle have been plowed.
  • Sooke School District schools are all open. Buses are running but with possible delays.

BC Transit is seeing some detours or stop cancellations in Greater Victoria due to the snow.

Other schools have not made any announcements and are presumed to be open. 


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