With a snow day on Monday, Feb. 11, scores of local youngsters were able to get some sledding in at Parksville Community Beach Park. (Michael Briones photo)

Qualicum district schools closed for Tuesday, Feb. 12

Second straight day snowy conditions will keep students at home

Tuesday’s another snow day for Parksville Qualicum Beach area students.

School District 69 (Qualicum) announced Monday night that “due to continued snowfall and weather/road concerns, all schools and all school district work sites will be CLOSED again on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Parents, staff and students are asked to please continue to monitor the district website and local media for any future closure information.”

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Qualicum isn’t the only Vancouver Island school district giving their students a snow day.

Early Monday evening, District 79 Cowichan and District 68 Nanaimo each announced district-wide closures for Tuesday, Feb. 12 due to the ongoing snowfall and expected overnight accumulation. The Saanich, Sooke and Victoria School Districts followed suit later Monday night that students would not be attending classes.

The Alberni, Comox Valley and Campbell River districts did the same just before 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Vancouver Island University took a similar step, announcing that all campuses except Powell River will be closed Tuesday as well.

“Given the continuing snowfall and the forecast for more overnight, we wanted to give everyone as much notice as possible,” an alert sent to VIU students shortly after 7 p.m. Monday states.

The University of Victoria, North Island College and Camosun College are also closed Tuesday

According to the latest Environment Canada update at 4:44 a.m., the snowfall warning remains in effect for the Island from Campbell River south, including the west coast.

The warning states the snowfall — which began yesterday afternoon — will gradually taper off this afternoon into the early evening as the low pressure centre responsible weakens. Accumulations of 5 to 25 cm can be expected over that period.

“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.”

Keep checking back to this file for more weather and closure information as it becomes available.

— NEWS Staff

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