Heavy Snowfall and Harsh Road Conditions Cause University to Cancel Classes

March 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm 2 comments

By Patrick McCabe

Written February 3, 2009

The first of the month brought heavy snow fall to Elon, N.C. Beginning around 8 p.m. on Sunday night, the snow continued to fall until early Monday morning. The university cancelled classes and offices were closed due to power outages throughout campus.

Young Commons covered in snow

Young Commons covered in snow



While some students spent the day catching up on sleep others took to the snow. All across Young Commons students could be found battling in the snow, creating forts and constructing snowmen.

Senior Chris Ford joined his friends in building a large snowman on campus. A team of six students worked together to construct the man. “I was glad school was cancelled because I didn’t do my homework,” Ford said. “We made this snowman, that’s all that matters today.”

Elon students build a snowman on campus

Elon students build a snowman on campus



While the snow made for a fun day for students it created treacherous driving conditions. Black ice and power outages made driving difficult for Elon students and others up and down the east coast.

“I was in Richmond Va., on Sunday afternoon and the snow got so bad that I had to pull over,” senior Lizzie Napier said. “I am from Tennessee and have never had to drive in the snow so my boyfriend actually had to meet me in Richmond [Va.] and drive my car back to Elon.”

Many students refused to drive in the conditions and stayed on campus until the roads were cleared. “I am from northern New York and I won’t even drive in this weather,” senior Bobby Hoppey said. “It just isn’t safe to be on the roads in these conditions.”

Power outages were a serious problem throughout North Carolina. As of 8:30 a.m., Duke Energy claimed that 67,524 residents were still without power. The National Weather Service continues to issue a winter weather advisory for Tuesday and many North Carolina school districts remained closed. 

Despite the poor conditions Elon operated on a normal schedule Tuesday. “I think they could have at least delayed classes,” senior Lauren France said. “I was driving this morning and there was a lot of black ice. I drive an SUV and I wasn’t comfortable on the road.”

University officials worked to quickly ensure safe walking conditions on campus. Sidewalks were plowed and salted before 8 a.m., Monday morning and a second layer of salt was added Tuesday.

As the temperature continues to drop students are hopeful for the possibility of another day off later in the week. For up to date information on university closings call 278-SNOW or click here.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jim  |  March 4, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Snow, Ice, Wind Storms, We’ve seen the after-effects, entire communities without power!

    Here are some tips on how to safely restore power due to unexpected power outages and safely use emergency generators.

    How to Choose the Right Emergency Electric Generator

    How to Safely Operate a Portable Generator and Transfer Switch

    Generator Safety Frequently Asked Questions

  • 2. Janna  |  March 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Definitely the shortest video clip I have yet seen submitted for this class. Chris knows how to be succinct… and maybe your batteries ran out? I don’t know, but it’s probably just slightly too truncated. Leave it there, though, because it’s better than no visual at all.

    I love EVERY person you interviewed, because I know them all, of course. They are fantastic people. Did Lizzie say “V.A.” or did you add that? If she didn’t say it but you want the audience to understand which Richmond it is, just (Va.) – use correct AP Style, which is not V.A.

    Note the redundancy in the second-to-last paragraph – no need for a.m. and morning. Remember SEO in the headline – use Elon, be specific.


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