The predictions started last week while the temperatures were still in the mid to upper 60′s and our students even had a “flour” snowball fight on Tate Lawn. Most of the leaves had fallen from the trees and covered the ground, but a few trees were still golden!
The snow started to fall on Sunday evening, and when I logged on to Facebook my entire news feed was about snow. I admit, my Facebook status was about snow too, and I was excited about the weather. I woke up Monday morning to a winter wonderland, but this was only beginning! It is actually still snowing as I write this blog (10/31 – Happy Halloween).
Due to the high wind warnings and expected amount of snowfall and ice, the decision was made to close the College on Tuesday, October 30th. Closing the College is a rare occurrence, but when we do, our students are still able to “attend” class via the SAKAI web system. Most students slept in on the morning of the 30th, except those students who had shifts at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The animals in our care need 24-hour assistance, so a snow day is not an option for the students who work at the Center. Thank you to these dedicated WLR students!!
Even though the College was closed, I still made my way to campus mid-morning. We are a residential campus, so technically we are never closed, and I needed to make sure everyone was safe and warm. Once on campus, I found our students enjoying the day. Some were in the Student Center studying, others were in the dining hall drinking hot chocolate, and several were outside playing in the snow! It was awesome to see our students embracing the weather and making the most of their snow day!
Today is Halloween, but it feels more like Christmas. We are almost back on our regular College schedule (after a two hour delay today and a one and a half hour delay tomorrow)! We ended up with a about a foot of snow, but it is really hard to get a solid calculation because of the wind. We are safe. We are warm. We are blessed!
I thought it would be fun to share some of the Facebook status updates and pictures from our first snow…enjoy.
Victoria Kearney Insert status about snow and classes.
Samantha Davis I’m loving this weather!! I guess it is time to get the winter gear out! =)
Emma Sheffer It can no longer be denied… This is snuggie-wearing weather.
Alli Cook I hate to sound like everyone else in BE, but in Mooresville 2″ of snow is a HUGE deal, so I’m super excited about the weather right now.
Sarah Hill Woke up this morning, to find an inch of snow!! Wind is blowing tiny little flakes all over the place and to think I was in shorts a couple of days ago!! I can’t believe it : This is SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Genay Miller First snow day of the year…Where did I put my Super Suit…
Lindsey Bush Winter will breathe cold on our necks, snow in our paths.
Dubois Hines Okay now LMC students I mean no disrespect about this status, but can we PLEASE keep the snow statuses to a minimum. LOL. I just don’t want my news feed filled with the same exact status. Thanks. Have a nice day!
Eric Rayfield Looks like we will be having a white Halloween…
Brittany Michelle Walker It’s that time again where Banner Elk becomes our personal snow globe.
Jason Els If it was not for every person currently in Banner Elk updating their Facebook status about how it has snowed/currently is snowing, I probably would not have known it was snowing. Thank you kindly, friends!Rachael Nobbs That awkward moment when you can’t tell if its still snowing outside or if the wind is just blowing all the snow from yesterday around. Victoria Lob I just saw someone in shorts? Michael Prather Hurray for our first snow! I wish we could have the snow without the cold, but I will take what I can get!