SCSU shuts down after first snowfall

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St. Cloud experienced its first snow fall of the year with a bang on November 10. A dangerous combination of icy, slick roads and a record of 13.5 inches of snow created delays and cancellations to schools around the area. SCSU shut down on Monday at noon in the wake of the snow emergency that swept the area until Tuesday evening.
This marks SCSU’s first school cancellation of the year. The Granite City area received the second most snow in the state of Minnesota after being in the crosshairs of the winter storm’s north track. It was a narrow band of heavy snow that stretched from Little Falls and the northern suburbs of the state.
St. Cloud’s Metro Bus ended its services early Monday, after many routes were running behind schedule. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported having a hard time keeping up with the snowfall, as there was about one inch of snow per hour. The plows went out about 3 a.m. Monday morning, and kept at it throughout the day and into the night.
For all those new to Minnesota, do not fret. Snow conditions are typical, but not however this hard-hitting. Monday was the highest single day snowfall in November in St. Cloud’s record 1893. It was also the sixth highest 24 hour snowfall that we have ever had and the most in 24 hours since March of 2002 when we received 13 inches of snow.
The Minnesota State Patrol stated they received hundreds of crash reports across the state on Monday, as many attempted to commute against the hazardous conditions. Lt. Eric Roeske reported 393 crashes in Minnesota between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m., with about 559 vehicles that spun off state roads.
These statistics aided in the inevitable cancellation at the university, but a lot has to happen in order for this to occur. Cancellation or delay of classes/events happens as a rare occurrence and only after much contemplation. The decisions to close classes/events come from the Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Weather Service, MnSCU, an SCSU meteorologist, and Metro Bus.
If ever wondering whether school is cancelled, there are sources available. The university website (www.stcloudstate.edu) the SCSU Facebook page (facebook.com/stcloudstate) and twitter (twitter.com/stcoudstate) are sources that have notifications about closings/cancellations. Students also have the option of receiving campus-wide Star Alerts, emails and information shared to local television stations and newspapers.
All are advised to use caution if ever traveling in snowstorms. Be sure to have a means of communication, let others know where you are going, and pack warm clothes and supplies.