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Snow blankets campus, closing the Ithaca campus.

February 7, 2020

Cornell Cancels Classes Following Barrage of Snow

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This story has been updated. Correction appended. 

Cornell canceled classes at the Ithaca campus as of 10 a.m. Friday morning. As of 12:05 p.m., the University officially closed.

The delays in announcements left questions unanswered about who should make the trek to campus, even as the University asked staff and students not to travel. This is the second snow day of the academic year, with the first right after Thanksgiving break.

Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College and the Ithaca County School District had canceled classes and told students to stay home, but Cornellians were still trudging up the slope to make it to classes and work for early morning classes.

As of 8:42 am, Tompkins County Area Transit had suspended services, leaving students and staff scrambling to find ways to get to central campus before classes were canceled. TCAT announced that they plan to resume services by 3 p.m.

The roads haven’t been plowed, and facilities will have a hard time keeping up as snow continues to fall, according to Jack Sillin ’22, co-president of Cornell’s American Meteorological Society.

Sillin reported that six inches of snow have already fallen, and snow will continue to fall at a rate of about three inches per hour, leaving conditions treacherous.

Correction: a previous version of this story misnamed Tompkins Cortland Community College.