Snowfall this morning could turn to freezing rain by afternoon

Abbotsford public schools remain open but most private schools close for the day

The predicted snowfall has now hit most areas of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

Total snowfall accumulations of between 10 and 20 centimetres are expected for today combined with strong winds this morning in the Fraser Valley.

Environment Canada is reporting a risk of freezing rain late this afternoon with the temperature steady at -2.

The snow should continue at times through the evening and into Saturday morning, although some areas could see freezing rain tonight.

Drivers are urged to use caution, particularly in areas with high winds.

“Strong easterly winds combined with the snow will cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow, especially in the Fraser Valley today,” states the snowfall warning from Environment Canada.

As of 7 a.m., all public schools in Abbotsford are open and buses are running as scheduled, but visit sd34.bc.ca for any updates.

Private schools in Abbotsford that have announced closures for today include: St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary School, St. James and St. Ann’s elementary, and all campuses of Abbotsford Christian School.

University of the Fraser Valley also remains open.

So far, no major accidents have been reported in the Abbotsford area but drivers are urged to use caution due to blowing snow in some areas, particularly along Highway 1.

Watch abbynews.com for more as the day progresses.