Monday evening, the snow began to fall. Fort Hays State University students braved the cold and traversed the campus sidewalks Tuesday while the flakes continued to come. Late Tuesday evening, a grand total of eight inches had fallen on Hays.
Although the USD 489 School District as well as many surrounding towns canceled classes, FHSU carried on until 1:30 p.m. when an early cancellation was announced.
While many faculty and students made the trek through the winter wonderland, some stayed inside.
Sophomore Lindsey Stieben is not a fan of the snow.
“I got stuck in my own alley twice today,” Stieben said. “Three policemen came to my aid at noon and said they had been pulling people out of the snow all day.”
With two classes on the agenda for Tuesday, she did not make it to either.
“The cops asked me if classes had been cancelled and at the time I was unaware of the cancellation,” Stieben said. “They shook their heads, almost as if in disappointment, when I said they hadn’t been that I knew of.”
While struggling with the snow in regards to classes is frustrating, these aren’t always the feelings on the subject.
“I like the snow when I don’t have to get out in it,” Stieben said. “It’s really great if I can stay inside and enjoy it.”
Senior Drew Gannon feels positively about the snow no matter the circumstance.
“I love snow. I don’t know how much we are going to get, whatever sticks around I guess,” Gannon said. “However much it is, it’s not enough.”
After the class cancellation, many students still managed to venture into the cold for sledding or driving escapades.
“Driving was a blast,” Gannon said. “An earlier class of mine got canceled because we had a test and too many people had already said they couldn’t make it in.”
Even for those who attended morning classes, there were many meetings, events or athletic practices canceled.
“I didn’t even have a class after 1:30,” Gannon said. “But our track practice was canceled because of the snow.”
Whether for or against it, winter has come to Western Kansas forecasts show it will stay for a while. With just over a week until the semester ends, students are facing reminders to be safe and stay warm in the snowy scene.