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Flin Flon School Division calls off classes for Wednesday, Creighton decision unknown

Make it two days off school in a row for Flin Flon.
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A frozen school bus.

Make it two days off school in a row for Flin Flon. With heavy snow expected to continue into tomorrow, the Flin Flon School Division has called off classes for Wednesday as well.

"After watching the forecast for the remainder of the day, and overnight we have decided to close the schools for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17. Our students’ and staff safety is our main priority and given the weather conditions, it is the responsible thing to do," reads a statement issued Tuesday afternoon by the FFSD. 

"Thank you for your understanding. We want to give parents and guardians as much notice as possible."

Creighton Community School has not yet followed suit, but the school announced Tuesday that buses will not run Wednesday. School will still be in session as of Tuesday afternoon, but that might be changed later today.

"Buses will not be running tomorrow, Wednesday. We will update later regarding school opening as we watch the weather forecast! Stay warm, stay safe," reads the school's statement.

Both schools cancelled classes Tuesday due to the snow.

About 10-15 centimetres of snow is expected to fall in Flin Flon Tuesday during the day, with another 5-10 expected Tuesday night and up to another four centimetres expected Wednesday. That snow is accompanied by winds gusting up to 50 kilometres an hour, which are expected to last until Wednesday night. Even more snow is expected for areas of northern Saskatchewan outside Creighton and Denare Beach, where over a foot of snow is expected in some places.

The area has been hit by a low-pressure system coming in from the west, remnants of a similar system that hit western Canada hard earlier this week.

Flin Flon, Snow Lake and much of northern Manitoba is currently under a snowfall warning issued by Environment Canada. Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel until conditions improve, as both the snowfall and wind will cut visibility down dramatically.

"Snow will spread west to east today. Snowfall started last evening in The Pas and along the Saskatchewan border. Snow is expected to begin this morning near Island Lake and the Ontario border. The heaviest snow is expected today to reach 10 to 15 centimetres. By the end of Wednesday, snowfall totals may reach up to 25 centimetres," reads the warning.

"The heaviest snowfall band may not reach as far north as Lynn Lake, who may see 2-4 centimetres, whereas areas south such as Pukatawagan may see closer to 10 centimetres today. This system and its effects will exit our region on Wednesday evening."