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London, Ont. area schools closed, buses cancelled Thursday due to freezing rain, snow

FILE. THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE/Paul Chiasson

The Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board have closed all of their schools Thursday while Western University has suspended evening operations due to a messy mix of weather.

Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services has also cancelled all school vehicles for the day in London, Ont., as well as Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford Counties and its Red Zone.

Just after 1 p.m. Thursday, Western University announced that it would be suspending campus operations from 4:30 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.

“On-campus classes and meetings scheduled to start after 4:30 p.m. will be cancelled. Online classes may continue as scheduled,” the university said in a statement.

The university said plans are in place to make sure students in residence are looked after and critical infrastructure remains operational.

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Read more: Winter storm warning issued for London, Middlesex: Environment Canada

The Middlesex-London Health Unit announced the Community Hub COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics scheduled Wednesday at Académie de la Tamise and Tweedsmuir Public School have been postponed due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled to a later date.

Rain began falling in the region since Wednesday night, leaving roads slippery.

As the temperature dropped, rain switched over to freezing rain Thursday afternoon. It’s expected to change again into snow later in the afternoon, lasting into the overnight hours.

A winter storm warning from Environment Canada is in effect for the region, calling for two to five mm of ice accumulation followed by 10 to 20 cm of snowfall. A special weather statement calling for 10 to 25 mm of rainfall by the afternoon was lifted just before 10 a.m. Thursday.

With schools closed, the public board said students can transition to remote learning for the day, while students in the Catholic board are “encouraged to take the opportunity to complete current work or assignments; or prepare for upcoming assignments, quizzes or tests.”

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