Schools closed, Gibsons opens cold weather drop-in

The Sunshine Coast remains under a snowfall warning, and the weather has already prompted School District No. 46 to close schools for the day.

According to Environment Canada, snow will gradually taper off late this afternoon or early this evening, leaving behind up to 10 centimetres. The weather warning advises people to "prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow."

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SD 46 made the snow day call early. Superintendent Patrick Bocking made the following announcement:

"Environment Canada has not changed the warning about our Sunshine Coast communities receiving 15 to 25 cm of snow overnight. The roads have become slippery already this evening from Langdale to Egmont. Therefore, for Tuesday, February 12, all schools in School District 46 will be closed for students and staff. Have a safe, warm and enjoyable day."

The Town of Gibsons also announced it is opening a cold weather drop-in site in the former Health Authority offices below the SD 46 headquarters next to the Town Hall on South Fletcher beginning at 8:30 a.m. and until 4:30 p.m. or until the shelter opens at 6:00p.m.

All are welcome and coffee, treats and lunch will be provided.

The shelter in the Town, which has been serving anywhere from 7 to 15 people since opening last fall, is only funded to operate nights and evenings.

As of 9:00 a.m. Tuesday Sunshine Coast Transit had cancelled service on Route 4, Halfmoon Bay, and service on Lower Road as well as North Road, buses are using the Bypass instead. Regular service is still in effect on other routes, although buses may be slightly behind schedule.

Drive BC said as of early Tuesday morning conditions on Highway 101 were "slushy with slippery sections."

Despite cancelling late night sailings on Monday, BC Ferries said the Langdale - Horseshoe Bay route was running normally on Tuesday morning.

Visit www.scrd.ca for updates on Transit service as well as SCRD facilities such as the recreation centres, BC Ferries posts service notices at www.bcferries.com and road conditions are at www.drivebc.ca

Information about changes to municipal services can be found at www.sechelt.ca and www.gibsons.ca

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