The Morning After: Holy Crap, Where Did Everything Go?


Welcome to the world of winter. If you can get out your door right now, congratulations, because some WesKids are quite literally snowed in. The snow drifts in Lo-Rise are over six feet high. The cars in the Hi-Rise Lot are buried. The snow is goddamned everywhere.

Click below the jump for some photos and additional commentary. More photos of other places (because I’m not leaving the Rises for a while) will be posted here as people wake up. Happy digging!

Minor additional commentary: apologies for the screen in the way for two of the photos.  The snow drift went four feet up the screen door and I could not have opened it without breaking it. I also did not feel like going outside. Hence the screen in the photos.

Update: some additional photos, grabbed from Twitter:

Update from ZachAnd here’s a note the University just sent out regarding operations today:

Dear Students,

We have experienced a significant snowfall, but no power outages have yet been reported.  Physical Plant and the Grounds crew have a massive job ahead in terms of clearing snow from campus sidewalks, driveways and parking lots.  Priority has been given to clearing paths around Usdan and student residences.  Heavy equipment is being used for snow removal so please exercise extreme caution if you venture outside today.  The University has cancelled all events and activities scheduled for today.  Some updates on campus services are listed below for your information.

Stay warm and safe!

Dean Mike

Storm Information for Students:

  • ·         All roads in the State are closed, and many secondary streets are not yet plowed

  • ·         Although the snow has stopped, strong winds are forecast for this afternoon and evening.  These winds may cause tree damage and/or down power lines.  We encourage all students to remain in their residences

  • ·         Please report any hazardous situations or loss of power/heat to Public Safety at 860-685-2345

  • ·         Localized power outages are still possible so keep cell phones, laptops, etc. fully charged.

  • ·         If we experience lengthy power outages, we will provide you with shelter options on campus

  • ·         Libraries will likely remain closed today

  • ·         Davison Health Center is closed.  Medical staff and therapists are available 24/7 through usual on call procedures

  • ·         Freeman Athletic Center is closed today

  • ·         The RIDE campus shuttle will not operate tonight

  • ·         Usdan opened at 10am this morning, and meal service begins as usual at 11am

  • ·         Usdan and Wes Wings will be open regular hours through dinner today, but most other dining outlets are closed.

  • ·         Broad Street Books and Red & Black are closed today.

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