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Snowstorm means no school for Elon University students

March 3, 2009

Jessica Dexheimer

March 2, 2009

Students at Elon University (N.C.) awoke Monday to find the campus covered in snow.

The snowstorm began around 8 p.m. Sunday, and overnight, nearly 4 inches of snow accumulated. According to The National Weather Service, the Raleigh (N.C.) area has only experienced March snowstorms of more than three inches 11 times in 122 years.

Most of main campus was still unplowed as of 9 a.m.

Most of main campus was still unplowed as of 9 a.m. (Photo by Jessi Dexheimer)

 

Originally, the University planned to operate on a 4-hour delayed schedule, but by 9 a.m., administrators made the decision to cancel classes altogether.

However, the snow day was not as relaxing as some students had hoped. The storm caused power outages in many dormitories and off-campus apartments, and students seeking heat were advised to go to Moseley Campus Center or Danieley Commons. Duke Energy estimated that 4,145 Alamance County residents experienced a power outage.

“Most students were excited because the snow day gave them a chance to sleep in,” said Amy Schilling, a senior who lost power in her West End apartment. “But not for me, I was up early just trying to find enough clothes and blankets so I could stay warm.”

By mid-afternoon, the snow and ice had melted significantly. (Photo by Leila Wall)

By mid-afternoon, the snow and ice had melted significantly. (Photo by Leila Wall)

Power was restored on-campus by 10 a.m., and power was restored to most Alamance County residents by 11:30 a.m. 

Many students opted to use the day off to have fun, building snowmen and igloos and having snowball fights.

However, the fun seems to be short-lived, as The National Weather Service expects temperatures to reach 68 degrees by the week’s end.

Sarah Delphias, 3, makes a snow angel in the snow at Elon Intramural Fields.

Sarah Delphias, 3, makes a snow angel at the Elon Intramural Fields.

Update: Elon University has announced that classes will be held as scheduled on Tuesdsay, March 3. Alamance County Public Schools will open two hours late.

Update: The Alamance County School System has announced that students will attend classes on Saturday, March 7 to make up for the snow day Monday. Classes will begin at the regularly scheduled time, but will be dismissed 2 hours early.

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One comment

  1. Good reporting. Your photo collection is solid, too!



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