Nemo drops two feet of snow on Durham
Published: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 15:02
Snow fell slowly on Friday as the Memorial Union Building buzzed with organizations gathering for Jukebox II. As the night went on, both wind speeds and snow depths increased, leaving the campus buried under a deep layer of snow come Saturday morning.
According to a press release by Town Administrator Todd Selig, Nemo dropped 22 inches of snow on the ground as of 8 a.m. on Saturday. More snow accumulated throughout the morning, before the storm tapered off at 1 p.m. Students were advised to check doors and windows for snowdrift from high winds.
Some students, such as hockey player Emma Jonasson, were surprised by the snowfall, despite the warnings of local forecasters.
“Well I didn’t think it was yesterday but when I woke up there was certainly more snow than I expected,” she said, “But you can still get around. They’re doing a good job plowing. “
International student Marie-Eve Jean was unimpressed. “Americans are just less equipped,” she said.
UNH curtailed operations on Friday morning at 5 a.m., which resulted in the closing of Dimond Library. The Hamel Recreational Center, Philbrook Dining Hall, and Holloway Commons remain open on limited hours.
Curtailed operations will end at 4 a.m. on Sunday. Wildcat Transit will resume its normal schedule at 8 a.m.
Crews worked early Saturday morning and well into the day to clear the roads, allowing those still on campus to make their way around.
Labor Ready, a company providing temporary employees, serviced volunteers to shovel the stairs, sidewalks, and ramps on campus.
Both the police and fire department were unavailable for comment.
There were no power outages across the campus.
Dining Services was assured not to let its students down through the storm. Area Manager for Holloway Commons, Deb Scanlon, explained that the workers for Dining Services went “above and beyond” for the students.
“[Some] people stayed in hotels so that they could be back here and worked here for 10, 12, 14 hour days,” she said.
There are more delays or setbacks are expected, but the Public Service of New Hampshire is on call for any power outages.