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Yet Cornell waited until the last minute before issuing a shutdown, at the risk of the safety of its students, faculty and staff. While some professors used their discretion to cancel morning classes, the university administration deferred their decision until late morning despite adverse weather conditions that had not only been forecasted, but were distinctly visible.

Students struggled to return to campus in the aftermath of winter storm Jonas.

Storm Jonas Delays Student Return to Cornell

Cornell students and faculty members scrambled to return to Ithaca in time for the first day of classes in the aftermath of winter storm Jonas, which hit the East Coast last weekend. The storm halted travel in several East Coast states, grounding more than ten thousand flights, freezing and covering roads and crippling mass transportation systems, according to The New  York Times. Kevin Kee ’18, a Washington D.C. resident, remembered that stores were “packed” as people prepared for the storm. “We went to the grocery store to stock up and you should’ve seen the bread aisle. Almost all the bread was gone and the lines were packed,” Kee said.