Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What-to-Know Wednesday : Everything You Need to Know About Snow Days in VT

Anyone in New England from Sunday through Monday knows what I'm talking about when I say we just got a lot...and I mean a lot of snow! The storm started early Sunday afternoon, and by Monday morning, at least a foot of powder had accumulated here in VT.

Though we already had a pre-scheduled day off here at St. Mike's on Monday, it still felt like a snow day- I think this is the most snow I can remember seeing on campus in my time at SMC! And as I sit here writing this post, another supposed-day-long snowfall has begun. (Excitement!!)

So by now, I'm sure you're wondering what exactly you need to know about snow days in Vermont, so here goes!

1.) Be prepared to have class.

Since we're a 100% residential campus (with only a few exceptions) and students can walk to class, SMC leaves it up to the individual professors whether or not to cancel their class depending on if they  can get to campus. So unfortunately, gone are the days of getting that early morning phone call with that glorious recorded message of total cancellation from your high school! But at the same time, don't forget to check your e-mail- your professor still might cancel their class!

2.) Take advantage when you can!

With New England weather being the fickle being that she is, you never know when a storm like this could be the only one of its kind in the season- so take advantage of these times when you can! Go sledding, hit the slopes, make a snowman, shovel out your car...all that fun stuff!

3.) Be prepared and be careful...

Of course, it goes without saying that you should always be prepared in Vermont! Keep a small shovel in your car, keep an eye on the forecast, and put safety first! This past Sunday, we found ourselves stuck in the Smuggler's Notch parking lot for about fifteen minutes of pitiful car-pushing. Lesson learned!

4.) Enjoy it and have fun!

Most importantly- enjoy this wonderful Vermont weather as much as possible!

Be sure to stay tuned for the next Sum-It-Up Sunday on the 19th, and don't forget to have some fun in the snow!

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