Snow Takes Over The University of Maryland

by LINDSEY FEINGOLD

On Wednesday night, as the snow started to fall, President Loh announced through his Twitter that the University of Maryland would be closed on March 5.

Yet, there was a second snow day on Friday, which caused the university to cancel Accepted Student’s Day, an event where high school students admitted to the university engage in various activities to learn about the school.

Lindsey Feingold/Pulsefeedz The view outside of Cumberland Hall on March 5

Students across the campus were ecstatic about the news. Last snow day, which occurred on February 17, there was a campus wide snowball fight that encompassed over 3,000 people. These two snow days, students took a different approach to their freedom.

Allie Hosmer, a sophomore at the University of Maryland majoring in Dietetics, exclaimed about the snow day on Thursday, “I love it! I got out of a test today so that’s nice to have the extra day to study.”

Hosmer is a resident of Southern Maryland, and is no novice to the weather that occurs around these parts. She stated about the snowfall: “We get some snow some years and other years, not really.”

The seasonal total snow accumulation for the surrounding area, this year so far, which covers from July 1 to June 30, is 27.5 inches, according to NOAA. The average seasonal total is 18.8 inches, so this year has a total of 8.7 inches more of snow so far.

Adam Killian is a junior at the university. When asked how he planned to spend his snow day on Thursday, he said: “I snowboard, so I always enjoy getting out in the snow.” At that moment though, he was at the Xfinity Center with his friend John Huntzinger- and a surfboard.

Lindsey Feingold/Pulsefeedz The Xfinity Center hill, a popular place for sledding
Lindsey Feingold/Pulsefeedz
The Xfinity Center hill, a popular place for sledding

“We are going to ride the surfboard down the snow mountain right now, dual person,” Killian excitedly said.

Killian’s friend, Huntzinger, graduated from the University of Maryland last year as an Engineering student, and now works as a bike mechanic at Proteus Bicycles. “That is where I found this board, it was in the back from like 30 years ago so I decided to get some fun out of it.”

Lindsey Feingold/Pulsefeedz Adam Killian (left) and John Huntzinger (right) posing with their surfboard
Lindsey Feingold/Pulsefeedz
Adam Killian (left) and John Huntzinger (right) posing with their surfboard

Even though the snow may seem fun, it can also be dangerous. Natalie Skowlund, a student at Davidson College in North Carolina, was at UMD with one of her friends, who was visiting another student at Maryland. She and her friend took a car up to Maryland, and said “the roads were dicey, we even had to make an emergency stop for a night.”

Skowlund also stated, “It is a lot colder here, I don’t think North Carolina got a lot of snow,” about the weather in Maryland. In the month of February, the city of Charlotte, near Davidson College, received 3.4 inches of snowfall whereas Baltimore received 14.3 inches, according to NOAA.

Lindsey Feingold/Pulsefeedz UMD Student Mina Griffioen sledding down the Xfinity Center hill
Lindsey Feingold/Pulsefeedz
UMD Student Mina Griffioen sledding down the Xfinity Center hill

For just this month, the total snowfall is 6.5 inches in just over a week. With spring right around the corner and temperatures on the rise this week, this year’s seasonal total snow accumulation might not get any higher than it already is.

This week, temperatures are in the high 50s and Saturday has a high of 62 degrees, according to The Weather Channel. Winter is finally over and spring is on its way!

 

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