Chris and Chris Winchester shovel their driveway on Sunday. (Colleen Flanagan-THE NEWS)

UPDATE: Public schools open as Maple Ridge residents brace for the cold

Two private schools closed.

All public schools are open Monday as residents of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows dealt with freezing temperatures and snow overnight.

“All regular buses are on snow routes. Buses for students with special needs are cancelled today,” says a Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district alert.

St. Patrick’s, a private Catholic school in Maple Ridge, is closed, as is Maple Ridge Christian School.

Meadowridge School, another private school, is open Monday.

TransLink has issued an alert to expect delays, while classes at the University of the Fraser Valley are closed.

City crews were salting walkways as snow began falling around 6 p.m.

Between two to four centimetres were expected to fall by midnight, according to Environment Canada.

“Flurries beginning early this evening and ending near midnight … Wind chill minus 11 [C] overnight.”

RELATED: Hundreds without power in Maple Ridge Sunday

Chris and Chris Winchester, who live along River Road in Maple Ridge, were shovelling their driveway and clearing the gutter on the side of the road Sunday to allow water to run through to the storm drain.

Andrew Camara, with the Maple Ridge Golf Course, was busy clearing a tree that fell over with the weight of the snow and crashed through a fence along Golf Lane, blocking the road.

Environment Canada was calling for more flurries Monday and Tuesday, and for temperatures, with wind chill, to reach minus-13 C.

Adrian Walton of Dewdney Alouette Hospital issued some tips to keep pets safe during the cold.

“It’s going to be cold tonight please keep pets indoors and bring in hummingbird feeders. Remember. Your pets are acclimated to near zero, not –17. Also if you have your dog on a tether, they are not choosing to be outside, you are forcing them.”

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Andrew Camara cleans up a tree that fell over off the Maple Ridge Golf Course property on Sunday. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

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