Weekend snowstorm closes campus, classes delayed until 10 a.m. Monday

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January 30, 2010

9:33 PM

A winter storm deposited approximately nine inches of snow on the College of William and Mary’s campus, beginning early Saturday morning with an icy mix that continued throughout the day.

Although the winter weather did not result in a snow day like many students hoped, the College closed for the weekend due to inclement weather and reopened late Monday at 10 a.m.

In preparation for the storm, facilities management prepared the College’s snow removal equipment, checked the availability of contractors, and made sure the College had a sufficient supply of sand and ice-melting chemicals. Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Dave Shepard said that during the storm facilities management concentrated on high-traffic areas.

“We focused on keeping the entrance doors, steps, and ramps of residence halls clear of snow,” Shepard said.

All on-campus activities were canceled, and the Tribe men’s basketball game against Drexel University, which was scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off Saturday, was postponed until 5 p.m. Sunday.

Dining Halls remained open for the weekend with hours only slightly modified. The Commons served students from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The Sadler Center opened two hours later than normal at 10 a.m. and closed at 8 p.m. Since the Marketplace remained closed Sunday, the Sadler Center had a large amount of student traffic and eventually ran low on food to serve to the dinner crowd. Adding to the frazzled atmosphere, at approximately 7:30 p.m. a fire alarm went off in the Sadler Center, and students evacuated the building.

The Admissions Office, acting in anticipation of the storm, decided Friday to cancel tours of the campus for the weekend and Monday.

Many area businesses closed for the weekend, and several area churches canceled services, including Williamsburg Presbyterian Church and Catholic Campus Ministries.

Williamsburg Area Transport buses, including the Green Line, were suspended for the weekend.

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