A winter storm caused campus to close on Thursday and Friday due to 17 inches of snow fall over the Hays area.
The storm shattered a 110-year record, according to the Hays Daily News, as 10 and 7 inches of snow fell on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
As the snow continued to fall, President Hammond made the decision to close campus early on Wednesday due to the severe weather conditions. When the snow continued to fall, President Hammond issued an announcement on Thursday morning, and again on Friday morning, that campus would be closed for the day.
Some students were in awe of FHSU having two snow days.
“I really couldnt believe it,” KAMS student Amber Curtis said. “It seemed really unrealistic.”
The snow day left many students with little to do for most of Wednesday night into Monday morning. A number of students played outside in the snow, including having a backyard snowball fight in McMindes Hall.
“I made snow angels with some of my [friends who are] foreign exchange students,” freshman Amanda Vosch said.
For those students that were stranded inside, McMindes Hall offered movies, board games, video games and a “girls night out.”
Others had no problem finding things to do with their snow day.
“My best friend and I wrestled around in the snow on Thursday,” Curtis said. “After that it was mostly indoor activities like movies and food.”
Curtis added that she also used her snow days “to sleep, spend time with my roommate, and catch up on little things.” Vosch said, “I put off homework and slept a lot. I mostly stayed on campus.”
Vosch said that she had an interesting happening on Thursday night in the snow storm. ”On conquest of food Thursday night, a friend and I walked up 8th street for an hour before some other friends saw us and picked us up,” Vosch said.
After the snow storm had passed, students had to dig their cars out of the snow. Many got stuck in the snow and needed to be pushed out. ”I did have troubles getting the truck out of the snow,” Curtis said. “But once I did, it was pretty smooth sailing especially since I had weight in the back end, so my truck didn’t slide around too much, and it has four-wheel drive.”
Vosch said that she had hoped that Fort Hays would have a third snow day, but unfortunately she did not get her wish. While the public schools in Hays were closed on Monday, President Hammond made the decision to continue classes Monday morning.
The snow should begin to melt next week as highs are expected to be in the 50s on Sunday and Monday.