Students in Colwood took advantage of a snow day in 2018 to spend some time playing on the hill outside of Colwood’s city hall. (Photo by Sarah Iles)

UPDATED: Schools will remain open until end of the day

Some school bus delayed

Although later than many were anticipating, the snow started accumulating across Greater Victoria Friday morning.

While schools in Greater Victoria were open at the start of the day and operating normally, some districts are now saying parents can pick up their children.

Schools will remain open until the end of the day. School buses are running but some are experiencing delays.

Camosun College closed at 1:30 p.m. with libraries at both campuses staying open until 2:30 p.m.

An alert from Environment Canada is calling for “another round of winter” as 10 centimetres of snow is expected to hit the Island by Saturday morning.

Areas further from the water and over high terrain are receiving the most accumulation such as the Malahat, Shawnigan Lake and Cowichan Lake. Areas closer to the water, including downtown Victoria, will see upwards of 5 cm of snow.

RELATED: No snow day on the Island despite flurries

Your Friday night plans may be in danger as Environment Canada is reporting “quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions” with “rapidly accumulating snow” that could make travel difficult over some locations, but the threat of snow will end by early Saturday morning.

Wind and snowfall warnings have been issued for Greater Victoria with strong outflow winds gusting to 90 km/h that will develop this evening over the Fraser Valley, southeastern Metro Vancouver, Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Visibility may be reduced due to blowing snow. The winds are expected to continue into Saturday.

Another snowfall warning has been issued for Malahat Highway from Goldstream to Mill Bay, cautioning drivers to drive carefully and use winter tires and chains when driving in the mountains.

Road conditions are available at drivebc.ca.


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