Yes, Broncos. That means a snow day.
Following the “warm” high forty-degree weather Kalamazoo has experienced the last two days, temperatures dropped significantly last night. According to the National Weather Service, lake effect snow will accumulate to up to four inches and the temperature will drop to 17 degrees (with a windchill of zero) by 4 p.m.
According to the Western Michigan University Emergency phone line, “the universty will be closed Thursday, Jan. 31. The closing includes the main campus in Kalamazoo and regional locations in Grand Rapids and Battle Creek. All other regional sites will be closed depending on the community college at which they are located.”
The emergency hotline cites heavy snow and sweeping winds for the cause of the snow day. The National Weather Service has placed Kalamazoo under a lake effect snow warning until Saturday as Winter Storm Magnus reaches the area. The weather service predicts between 8 and 14 inches of snow will accumulate by Saturday, Feb. 2.
According to the Western Michigan University news site, WMU has not had a snow day since Dec. 10, 2009, but some students recall a cancellation in 2010 as well. From 2006 to 2009, WMU canceled classes once per year. Prior to 2006, WMU had not canceled classes since the millennium.
WMU students are advised to drive safe if it is necessary to go out due to heavy snow fall and ice on the roads from quickly falling temperatures. Students should bundle up if they go outside because of the freezing wind chill temperatures.
For more details on event cancellations and facility hours for specific buildings, continue checking the Western Michigan University website throughout the day.
And most importantly, enjoy the day off.