There being no 6 AM all-campus text this morning, classes go on at Wesleyan. Snow and ice on the ground, snow and ice in the air (and ice storm warnings in the forecast). No word as of yet on operating hours or event cancellations.
Meanwhile, the City of Middletown has declared a state of emergency. From last night:
Mayor Sebastian Giuliano has declared a state of emergency starting at 9 p.m. this evening. The mayor anticipates the forecasted snow and icy conditions may cause extended power outages throughout the city. A city-wide parking ban is currently in effect.
To All Students,
The National Weather Service is forecasting a major plow sesh for tomorrow, Wednesday, February 2, creating potentially hazardous conditions for stoned igloo-dwellers.
Under plow sesh conditions, plows can go apeshit on trees and power lines. Tree limbs bulldozed with plows may break and fall. Power lines may sag and break. Walking surfaces will become killzones in spite of plow-warding materials being applied. Do not walk in the streets or smoke weed in the igloos.
No, it’s not an awkward thing to do. Not when you’re in Middlebury, as The Hidden Ivies claims Wesleyan is. It’s clearly a mistake–towns and burys–because they seem to know we’re in central Connecticut (I’ll let you judge for yourselves if we’re safe, have a fair amount of off-campus social and commercial opportunities, and have easy access to those cities listed). Or maybe all liberal arts colleges really are the same?
Either way, the weather forecast gives reason to be somewhat grateful we’re in Middletown, CT and not Middlebury, VT. The (upgraded) Winter Storm Warning for us seems to indicate we’ll get some PSafe emails: [Updates in bold]
- HAZARDS… HEAVY SNOW… SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.
- ACCUMULATIONS… 7 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION… LOCALLY HIGHER IN ORANGE COUNTY… AND UP TO A HALF AN INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION BY LATE WEDNESDAY.
- IMPACTS… TRAVEL WILL BE IMPACTED TUESDAY THROUGH AT LEAST WEDNESDAY EVENING. SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL MAKE FOR DANGEROUS TRAVEL. ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL LIKELY KNOCK DOWN TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES.
- …ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY… (Grounds for closing school tomorrow please?)
Even just the snowfall at Middlebury is greater according to the Winter Storm Warning for them:
8 TO 14 INCHES ACROSS THE CHAMPLAIN AND SAINT LAWRENCE VALLEYS WITH 12 TO 20 INCHES ELSEWHERE.
Have you been off-campus lately?
Hardcore plows are out in full force on Court Street. Our friends at the Middletown Eye blog grabbed this quick video and set it to my favorite Animal Collective song in the world.
Meanwhile, the rest of Middletown’s a bit of a snowy mess. Cars are still buried. “I don’t know what they’re going to do [with all the snow],” says Mayor Guiliano. Which is probably why he is considering buying a snow-melting machine, which makes a hell of a lot of sense if you’ve seen the massive snow piles surrounding streets in and around Main Street, impeding visibility at all sorts of intersections, forcing pedestrians to use driving lanes:
City crews were working all night into Saturday morning to remove snow and ice from the streets. Figuring out where to put it after yet another storm this month is becoming increasingly difficult, the mayor said.
“We’re running out of places to put it,” he said.
Crews have received permission to dump snow at the former Holley Dodge dealership on Newfield Street and have also piled snow up at Veterans Park. Dumping it in the river, which has been suggested in some towns across the state, has been discouraged by the Coast Guard due to the possibility of ice barriers forming.
“I don’t know what they’re going to do (with all the snow),” Giuliano said. “It’s not going to melt anytime soon.”
[Middletown Press, The Middletown Eye]
From Stacey Phelps of ResLife:
Dangers of Igloos and Snowpiles
Last night, some students were in an igloo that had been dug out of one of the piles of snow which a plow was about to push back. Had the operator not seen them, they could have been seriously injured. There also is the added danger that such structures may collapse while students are inside them. Although we completely understand the appeal, please do not create or hang out in such structures.
In addition, please keep in mind the decreased visibility created by the large snow piles on some of the streets, whether you are walking or driving, and exercise extreme caution.
Thank you, and enjoy your weekend!
I love you, Wes. ENJOY THE RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF SNOW, BUT KNOW YOUR LIMITS!
Oh, not much, just constructing blog posts out of ACB screenshots. You?
If anyone else is yet to leave their room like I am, they may be wondering what’s open on campus. Luckily, the newly-Peter–Frank-less ACB still has you covered. Go past the jump for a summary (including free bonus content!).
Haha, this is what the view from my back door is. I cannot physically open the door.
I would like to note that the two car-shaped lumps at the bottom of the stairs were once, in fact, cars. Both came to Wesleyan from Atlanta, GA and the poor little guys probably don’t know what him them. We’ll get you out in April… just hang in there, buddies!
So what’s it like out there? Give us reports from the outside. And go make a snowman! Or snowoman or gender-fabulous person perhaps!
Apparently, people around here can’t take winter. To paraphrase Harry S Truman, if you can’t stand the snow, get the hell out of New England. Here’s the email from Mike Whaley:
Due to the heavy snowfall overnight, Wesleyan University will be closed today, Thursday, January 27th. Classes scheduled to meet today are canceled. Essential personnel should report to campus as scheduled. The Usdan Center and Dining Services will open, as scheduled, later this morning.
Dean Mike Whaley
Vice President for Student Affairs
Outside Butt C, half an hour ago: