Schools, colleges, and universities closed and slower transit service expected after Metro Vancouver snowfall

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      Classes have been cancelled at all Metro Vancouver public schools today, as well as at UBC, SFU, Langara, BCIT, Capilano University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Douglas College, and Canada West University, Trinity Western University, and University of the Fraser Valley.

      It came as a result of a heavy snow dump across the region overnight.

      Meanwhile, TransLink says that King George Station is temporarily closed due to a track issue and weather conditions.

      Passengers should expect "significantly slower service" on the transit system. Customers are being asked to check transit alerts prior to travelling.

      "The inclement weather may also result in some crowding on board trains and at SkyTrain stations, as was seen during afternoon rush hours yesterday," the transportation authority stated. "Station attendants will be on board trains to monitor guideways and limit emergency braking on the system, which can be caused by heavy snowfall or ice build up."

      B.C. Ferries recommends that passengers check its service notices before heading out to its terminals. And Vancouver International Airport is advising travellers to check with their airlines for flight information and to give themselves extra time to ensure they arrive on time.

      Because of the extreme weather conditions, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is recommending that motorists avoid all but essential travel throughout Metro Vancouver today.

      "Winter tire regulations are in effect, and drivers are encouraged to get the best tires they can," the province states in a news release. "People should ensure their vehicles have tires with the mountain/snowflake or mud and snow (M + S) symbol when travelling on designated routes."

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