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Snowfall leads to delayed, cancelled flights in Victoria

Camosun College, Royal Roads University to close campuses; UVic remains open
McTavish Road, looking north, at Highway 17 on Wednesday morning (Jan. 17, 2024). The region’s first major snowfall of the year has led to some delays and cancellations at Victoria International Airport. (DriveBC)

Victoria International Airport is warning of delays and cancellations Wednesday morning as snow continues to fall in the region.

A post on social media, just before 10 a.m., noted that crews are working to clear the runways and taxiways at the airport, but that cancellations and delays are limiting most morning flights.

The post advises travellers to check the status of their flight before heading to the airport. Seven flights before 10 a.m. were cancelled, while others have been delayed to the early afternoon.

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The warning comes after a significant snowfall in the region.

An Environment Canada snowfall warning for Greater Victoria called for up to 10 centimetres of snow, which was expected to turn to rain mixed with snow in the early afternoon. There is also a risk of freezing rain overnight in southern sections near the U.S. border.

As the snow continues to fall, Camosun College, University of Victoria and Royal Roads University have each closed their campuses for the afternoon.

An emailed release from Camosun around 10:30 a.m. said that due to the heavy snowfall throughout the region, all classes and services are cancelled for the remainder of the day.

UVic cited challenging weather conditions in its decision to close the campus at 12:30 p.m.

Royal Roads posted to social media just before 10 a.m. that it would be closing the campus as crews continue to work on clearing and de-icing.

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