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What's open and what's closed on this Snow Day in New West?

Schools, community centres and other services are closed for a snow day - but shelters and warming centres are open for those in need.
Snow blanketed Moody Park in the early hours of Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Warm soup may be on the menu at Green’s And Beans Deli in Sapperton – but many services around town are shuttered by snow.

Leona Green, co-owner of the Sapperton, eatery took to Facebook early this morning, to let customers know the deli was open for business.

“We are open. Soup is on and it is warm and cozy inside,” she wort on Facebook. “I took the SkyTrain, and it was smooth sailing.”

While Greens and Beans is open today, a number of services are closed in New Westminster today because of the still-falling snow.

Yesterday, the Record checked in with the City of New Westminster’s manager of engineering operations about the city’s snow response plan.

“All available crews and equipment will be working throughout the night to clear roads of snow and will be operating 24 hours a day, as needed, until the end of the snow event,” said a notice from the city. “We ask that you please stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary, not only for your safety but also to assist our road-clearing efforts.”

Here’s a look at some of the local services that have announced if they are open or closed today (as of 9:30 a.m.):

What’s closed?

  • New Westminster public schools
  • Urban Academy
  • Greater Vancouver Food Bank distribution in New West
  • Douglas College (includes all in-person and online classes, activities and events
  • City of New  Westminster facilities, including city hall, Anvil Centre, Century House, Moody Park and Queen’s Park arenas, Queensborough Community Centre, the Sportsplex, the New West Youth Centre, the New Westminster Public Library (both branches)
  • New West Family Place
  • West Coast College of Massage Therapy

What’s open?

  • The Q to Q Ferry service is expected to remain in operation – but this could change if conditions worsen
  • A daytime warming centre is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 and Thursday, Jan. 18. It’s located at 502 Columbia St. (access off Front Street)
  • Shelters: The nightly shelter at 502 Columbia St. (access from Front Street will be open from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m.  The shelter at 740 Carnarvon St. (access from Alexander Street) will be open from  8:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • An overnight warming centre is open nightly from Tuesday, Jan. 16 through Thursday, Jan. 18, between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. It’s located at 40 Begbie St. (access from Alexander Street)
  • The City of New Westminster’s fire, police, electric utility, and engineering operations are open and functioning with essential staffing. 

What’s cancelled today?

  • Because all of the City of New Westminster’s parks and recreation facilities are closed, all drop-in sessions, lessons, registered courses and rental bookings are cancelled. 
  • Solid waste collection for Zone C (blue), as well as Waste Management collection for multi-family buildings, will be cancelled on Wednesday, Jan.17.