Heavy snow causes widespread closures

Schools, garbage, mail delivery all cancelled due to snow.

A #14 bus heading for UVic crawls up a hill on Helmcken Road in View Royal

Kids attending school in the Victoria, Saanich and Sooke districts can enjoy a snow day today. Camosun College and Royal Roads University are also closed.

Students at the University of Victoria, however, have no such luck. The university is open for business, but advises caution on the roads and officials are monitoring transit services onto campus. Some classes are cancelled.

CFB Esquimalt is closed, except for essential services.

For those riding the bus today, B.C. Transit advises to expect delays. Two routes, R-59 and R-64, are cancelled, and several others have altered routes. HandyDART is providing essential services only.

For those commuting by the Galloping Goose trail, be prepared a tough plod. The Capital Regional District will not remove the snow from the trail.

Despite the conditions, Victoria police reported no collisions as of 11:45 a.m. People are staying off the roads, said spokesperson Mike Russell.

Garbage collection in Victoria and recycling collection in the CRD has also been cancelled, and will not resume until roads become safe. Canada Post has also cancelled mail delivery in Victoria today.

After a heavy snowfall overnight Tuesday, Wednesday promises more snow and blowing, ending early in the afternoon. While the temperature hit a low of -13 C with the windchill during rush hour, it is supposed to hold steady near -3 C throughout the day and drop to -7 C this evening.

For Thursday, expect a 40 per cent chance of flurries in the evening, according to Environment Canada.