Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows schools open despite snowy roads

More white stuff expected Monday night

Schools in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are all open and operating, Monday morning, Feb. 11, despite the unusual wintry weather.

However, the school buses are not.

The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District says on its website that school buses are not running – so parents will have to find another way of getting their kids to school if they’ve been taking the bus.

Snow hit Metro Vancouver on Sunday night with accumulations varying across the region.

And more of it is coming this afternoon and Tuesday morning. “A long period of snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected,” says Environment Canada.

Temperatures at Pitt Meadows Regional Airport dropped to -10 C early Monday.

TransLink said Monday that commuters should expect delays in some areas and that the West Coast Express was on schedule.

HandyDart is currently operating essential services only for renal and cancer patients.

The City of Maple Ridge said that it’s brined main routes in preparation for the snow and notes that snowfall acccumulations vary widely by area. If motorists see a bad area, they can call 604-463-9581.

“Please adjust your driving for the road conditions. Do not pass city vehicles that are plowing the streets or deploying salt and gravel – give them space,” the city said on Facebook.

Residents are also asked to keep their sidewalks clear.

The arctic outflow winds that attacked Metro Vancouver late last week closed the road to Golden Ears Provincial Park on Saturday as downed trees blocked the road.

But the road reopened Sunday with access as far as the main gate. Hikers though are cautioned to expected downed trees on trails. Work will continue to improve access to the park, said Alouette Parks Management.

 

Big chill has people out on Whonnock Lake on weekend. (THE NEWS/files)

School buses are not running in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows on Monday, says school district. (THE NEWS/files)

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