Snow, freezing rain and power outages forced some schools in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver to cancel classes Monday morning.

Meanwhile Environment Canada has also posted a special weather statement for higher elevations in southern B.C., warning a series of weather systems will spread significant amounts of snow to the highway passes today and tonight.

Chilliwack snow

A car tries to negotiate the snow in Chilliwack, B.C., on Monday morning. (Bal Brach/CBC)

Some Interior highway passes are forecast to receive up to 20 to 40 centimetres of snow by tomorrow morning including the Coquihalla Highway and the Okanagan Connector, the Eagle and Rogers passes on the Trans-Canada Highway, and Allison, Paulson and Kootenay passes on Highway 3.

The Sea to Sky Highway north of Vancouver may see up to 10 centimentres today before changing to rain late in the afternoon.

As of 10:30 a.m. PT, BC Hydro was reporting about 530 customers in the Lower Mainland were without power.

Reported school closures include:

Fraser Cascade School District 78

  • All schools and buses.

Langley

  • Aldergrove Community Secondary
  • Shortreed Elementary 
  • Betty Gilbert Middle School

Chilliwack

  • All public schools
  • École La Vérendrye
  • St. Mary’s Elementary

Hope

  • University of Fraser Valley (Hope campus only)

Mission

  • Hatzic Elementary
  • Hatzic Secondary
  • Riverside College-closed this morning, opening in the afternoon