Heavy snow hit the Lower Mainland on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Pooni91/Twitter)

Schools, universities closed as Lower Mainland buried in heavy snow

Snow is expected to ease off in the afternoon

All public schools and post-secondary institutions are closed in the Lower Mainland Wednesday, after the region received up to 15 centimetres of snow overnight.

The snowfall, which was on and off throughout the day, is expected to return afternoon. The University of B.C. has halted all but “essential services” for students.

In Metro Vancouver, TransLink said bus and SkyTrain service will be “significantly impacted” due to the snow.

Many routes are delayed and riders have taken to social media to note their bus or SkyTrain has not shown up. The transit agency is calling Wednesday an “extreme travel day,” and asking those who can stay home to do so.

VIDEO: DriveBC, police warn drivers off Highway 1 in Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack

Police across the region are asking people who don’t need to drive to stay off the roads.

“Drivers are being advised to exercise caution today if you must be on the road. Ensure your vehicle has snow tires and drive for the conditions,” Vancouver police tweeted.

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