Chilliwack streets were fairly quiet Friday morning as the first major snowstorm of the season hit the city.

Chilliwack streets were fairly quiet Friday morning as the first major snowstorm of the season hit the city.

Public schools remain open as winter storm hits Chilliwack

The first major snowstorm of the season swept into Chilliwack overnight, bringing drifting snow and a few school closures.

The first major snowstorm of the season swept into Chilliwack overnight, bringing drifting snow and treacherous driving conditions.

Chilliwack public schools remained open Friday, as well as all UFV campuses. However, St. Mary Elementary, Highroad Academy and Unity Christian school were closed due to blowing snow and the threat of more.

The snow has affected some school bus routes within the Chilliwack school district. Because of the road conditions the district’s “Snow Plan” has been put into effect for the afternoon busing that takes the students home. Only those who have received the snow plan letter in the past few days are affected. The letter provides information about the adjusted stops and times.

Snowfall accumulation appeared less than predicted, but more is expected throughout the day.

The snow began falling just before 3 a.m., with accumulations of around 4cm by 8 a.m., said to Roger Pannett, volunteer weather observer with Environment Canada.

More snow is expected throughout the day and overnight, before turning to a mix of snow and rain on Saturday.

Watch www.theprogress.com for updates.