February 26, 2010
Lees-McRae and Banner Elk experience one of the snowiest winters on record

The North Carolina High Country is experiencing an extreme winter with record snowfall, high winds and bitterly cold temperatures.

Banner Elk has received nearly seventy inches of snow, with almost a month of winter still to come. A brief respite from the snow allowed residents of Banner Elk and students of Lees-McRae a chance to dig out last week just in time for more snow to arrive.

Although it has posed problems for travel and school schedules, it has been an epic season for winter sports enthusiasts.

"Winter has been unrelenting this year and while we enjoy the snowfall it has created quite a few problems for students, faculty, and staff. Yet, we are prepared to move ahead and accomplish what needs to be done this semester," said Dr. Michael Joslin, a professor of humanities at Lees-McRae College.

"I think the winter weather is great, because I am a very active snowboarder. I am also originally from New Hampshire, so this winter feels normal to me! However, it is also bittersweet because now that the weather has taken a small break, we have to get back to class and get caught up," said Jacob Vigneault, a senior business and sports management major.

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