Winter packs 7-inch punch


Brookings, along with the rest of southeast South Dakota, received a heavy blanket of snow Monday and Tuesday.

Thanks to social media, students and faculty alike were able to share their snow experiences on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #snowdak. One of the most common photos was of people from various locations across the state sticking a ruler into snowbanks to measure the amount. 

Students trudged to classes both days through a final measurement of seven inches of snow according to a report Tuesday  night from the National Weather Service for South Dakota. 

No classes were cancelled due to the snowfall, weather or ice.

If factors are “conducive to personal injury,” SDSU may close down for the day according to Don Challis, assistant vice president for safety and security. This includes if the roads are closed, if roads are too icy or if it is simply not safe to keep the university open.

Challis sent a campus-wide email to students and faculty about a winter storm weather alert issued by the National Weather Service on Monday.

If classes or other events were to be cancelled, a notification would be sent through Everbridge and Alertus Desktop. Challis said President David Chicoine has the power to shut the university down.

Many students, including freshman Jessica Boesch, did not think the weather was extreme enough to cancel classes.

“I think 15 inches [of snow] would be enough to get school canceled, but I really think it depends on other factors rather than just snowfall, like wind and temperature,” Boesch said.

The last time SDSU was closed due to extreme winter weather was on April 11, 2013.