Up to 15 cm of snow is expected overnight. (THE NEWS/files)

Maple Ridge school district watching weather

Makes call first thing Tuesday if schools open

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district have all eyes peeled on their meteorological monitoring Monday as they await another blast of winter.

Snow is expected to start Monday afternoon and continue all night and it’s expected to add up to 15 centimetres.

Whether that means schools will be closed is a last-minute decision, however.

District staff don’t make that call until just after 6 a.m. the day of, explained spokesperson Irena Pochop.

“We are aware of the snow advisory, and will be monitoring both the weather and the road conditions very closely. We do drive the local roads early in the morning to get a sense of what things look like district-wide, and will also be connecting with our busing contractor to determine if they are able to provide busing services. Once we have all available information, we will post a decision to the school district website, Twitter, and Facebook. The decision will be posted by no later than 6:15 a.m.”

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Monday and Tuesday, calling for snow to start Monday afternoon and continuing until Tuesday.

“A long period of snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.”

This second disturbance will spread snow to virtually the entire south coast, with heaviest amounts falling Monday night.

Total snowfall amounts will vary across the region with 10 to 15 cm falling in most areas with somewhat higher amounts possible on Vancouver Island.

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