MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The University of Minnesota is closing and
canceling all classes and evening activities effective at 2:30 p.m. today,
Provost Thomas Sullivan announced today.
"In light of current conditions and the forecast for severely worsening
weather, this is an appropriate measure at this time," said Sullivan.
"The mid-afternoon closing of metro area schools, colleges and
universities and other institutions made it even clearer that this is the
right thing to do."
President Robert Bruininks' State of the University address, which was
scheduled for this afternoon, will be rescheduled.
When the U closes, you know it's out there. We've had blizzards before, but in all the years I have been at this school they have never closed school. We had 18 inches this past weekend, and so far today we've had another 7, and it's showing no sign of stopping. We're supposed to get another 10-12. Welcome to the great white north, y'all.
My father always used to tell me stories of "white-out" blizzards and I remember thinking they were bullshit. How could it possibly happen that you'd be surrounded by that much snow and wind that you'd lose all sense of direction? It seemed absurd. I'm no stranger to a foot and a half of snow on the ground. In fact, when there isn't, I generally think of winter as "mild" but I'm not used to 2 feet in less than a week. Dad, I believe you now.
Faith and I just got back from dropping off our rent checks. It took us at least 45 minutes to do a 10 minute errand. On the way back, she said, "Look at the lake." My reply? "What lake?" It wasn't there.