[UPDATED: 2/9/17, 11:04AM by wilk and 1:46PM by Maya]
More things you need to know about the storm today:
- The RIDE’s shuttle service is cancelled tonight. If you really have to go somewhere, call PSafe at 860-685-2345.
- President Roth is in Miami, but he will be back to sled on Foss soon
- We are now expected to get anywhere from 14-18 inches, despite initial reports of 8-12.
- No igloos yet, but we expect WestCo/Bennet to pull through like last year
- SALD, the Career Center, the WSA Office, Broad Street Books, Red & Black, Star & Crescent, Late Night, the Zilkha Gallery, the package window, and the mail room are all closed
- The libraries are open
- Weswings is open from 11AM to 8PM (through the afternoon)
- Summies open only during lunch; closed for dinner
- Usdan Cafe, Pi Cafe, and Weshop all closing at 4PM
- Usdan dinner is 4:30-6:30PM
- There was ‘thundersnow’ in Orange, CT and Hartford, CT
- UConn, Quinnipiac, Southern Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Conn College, and Middletown Public Schools are all closed today but Wesleyan remains open!!! #THISISWHY
- We$ Hookupz 2020 has changed its name to SNOW Hookupz SNOWYSNOWY and updated its cover photo
- The “shelter in place” drill is cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date
- This important Argus article from 2015 has been circulating on Facebook reminding students that it is especially difficult for students with disabilities when Wesleyan decides to go about business as usual during snowstorms
- Email staff[at]wesleying[dot]org with tips on the snowstorm, pictures of your snowventures, videos of you skiing/snowboarding on Foss, and the locations of your igloos
Hello, dear reader. Are you currently procrastinating your readings
, just like I am, in the hopes that tomorrow’s lovely fall of Special Snowflakes will cause classes to be cancelled? Because this post is as far from credible meteorology as it gets. You have found the right place.
So, after checking the super accurate weather app on my phone, my ~intellectual conclusion~ is that the snow will start at approximately 4 AM.
According to some other credible sources, there are some fancy words like “low pressure systems” and “evening commutes” in the reports of Winter Storm Niko. Here’s what you need to know about the storm:
Welp, good start to my Spring Break.
Like quite a few Wesleyan students, I was excited to escape the woes of Midterms and head back home— for me, Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans. For the record, snow, you are not wanted past February. It is now March. You have overstayed your welcome. Stop messing with my spring.
Because of the sudden, angry downpour of upwards of a foot of snow, my flight has been sufficiently delayed by a few hours. So, lucky for you, I’m using this liveblog as a vehicle for my people-watching. Enjoy, and safe travels!
PSA: Remember, guys, don’t build igloos.
From Jay Sharma ’16 comes a handsome photo diary of the newly founded “WestCo 5,” an igloo community that took root in the WestCo courtyard in the immediate aftermath of Nemo’s historic reign. Curiously, the structure seems to have evaded ResLife’s infamous Igloo Moratorium of 2011, but the ensuing events may well be an instructive indicator of why ResLife banned igloos in the first place.
According to Sharma, the project began with a core crew of WestCo 4 residents, centering around Hannah Salzer ’16, Angus McLean ’16, Johnny Crook ’16, and Dara Mysliwiec ’16. Then, when Sharma and other friends from WestCo 1 (Saarim Zaman ’16, Max Atkinson ’16, and Nikku Chatha ’16) joined in, the project took on a larger scale.
“Originally it was going to be a one- or two-person igloo,” Sharma explained, “but as the day went on, the building crew got bigger, and each time we went into the igloo to chill there would be a couple of people who couldn’t fit in. So in an effort to fit everyone in, we just kept making it bigger, and now it fits nine or ten people comfortably.” Well, now it fits no one, because it’s melted. But you know.
The view from Senior Fauver, as photographed by Tuna yesterday afternoon.
This morning we received in our tipbox an account, from an anonymous reader, of a rather heroic rescue that took place late last night, during blizzard conditions:
Last night, a bunch of my friends and I saw a figure muddling through the blizzard. He collapsed in the snow, and did not get up. Julia Holewinski ’15, wearing just a sweater, immediately ran outside and hauled the man inside with some difficulty. He was clearly extremely intoxicated, and his eyelashes were frozen solid. We think his name is [removed] (class of ’14). If Julia hadn’t had the presence of mind and physical strength to drag him inside, he probably would have died in a snowdrift.
Besides applauding Holewinski for her courageous rescue, this seems like an opportune time to remind you that if you feel the need to get wasted during blizzard conditions (which is all fine and good), drink responsibly and don’t go wading through snow alone at night. If you spot an obviously smashed friend attempting to stumble home alone through snow drifts and heavy winds, walk with them or offer them your couch. Sorry to get all mom on you all of a sudden.
Speaking of snow rescues, pyrotechnics’ post this morning noted that some students (especially in Lo-Rise) are quite literally unable to open their front doors because of the Alaskan-style snow drifts.
Here’s your heads up! You only have a limited time to get storm preserves or a nice hot latte.
- Weshop will be open from 11 AM to 3 PM today.
- Pi Cafe will close at 2 PM today
- Usdan will close at 7 PM tonight and reopen tomorrow at 10 AM.
- Summerfields will be closed for dinner; Usdan will serve dinner 4 – 7 PM; Late night dining at Usdan is closed.
- Broad Street Books and Red & Black will close at 1:30 PM today, and reopen at noon tomorrow.
- WesWings is open from 11 AM- 2 PM and 5 PM – 8 PM
Library hours are also truncated:
Let the storm frenzy begin! Run for your life! May the odds be ever in your favor.
More storm info/facilities hours from Dean Mike Whaley:
Apparently Hewitt just lost electricity again, although other areas of campus are still powered. Word on the street* is that the university is gradually switching from its own generators to Middletown power, so this is expected to happen. Power should return to these places by tonight.
Post in the comments if you lose power or have any other related updates.
(*actually from much more legitimate sources that I cannot specify)
UPDATE 3:01PM: There is actually some contradictory information out there as well, but it a call to Physical Plant reveals that they are trying to address any problems.
Yoyoyo this is your main man (and apparent Roth-apologist – hello there, Simon~), frostedmoose, with a message from Senor Sexy-pants Jacob Eichengreen ’13:
Espwesso will be closed until at least Thursday (maybe). We’ll know soon if we’ll actually open Thursday or if it’ll be on Sunday instead.
As a side note, a shout out to Ed Thorndike ’89 of WesWings: thanks for the picture, and the food! You’re a god among bros.