PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

More

A Timeline Of Penn State’s Undocumented Snow Days Over The Years

The university’s own records of weather-related closures begin with the closure on Valentine’s Day in 2007, leaving a significant amount of time between Penn State’s founding in 1855 and the first documented snow day.

In an effort to fill in some of the gaps, we asked our alumni readers to report any snow days from their time on campus, and they delivered. Using all of the responses to our Google form and Facebook comments, we were able to put together this imperfect* timeline of Penn State’s closures:

  • 1977 — Campus closed for a half-day on Friday, but the Gaff remained open. Thank God.
  • Spring 1993 — A huge Nor’easter made traveling back to State College after Spring Break nearly impossible. The first two days of class after break were cancelled.
  • March 1994 — Negative 20-degree weather led to the governor declaring a state of emergency, and Penn State was forced to close.
  • Spring 1996 — Widespread power outages due to a blizzard shut campus down.
  • January 1999 — Classes were cancelled in the second week of school, much to one freshman’s delight after his professor had lectured his class about there never being snow days.
  • February 2000 — Classes were cancelled the Friday of THON weekend.
  • February 2003 — Classes were cancelled thanks to three feet of snow in 24 hours.

*Most of the cancellations on this timeline were confirmed by multiple sources, but there may still be some discrepancies over the frequencies of closures in these windows. For example, it is difficult to tell if two people mentioning a closure in 1996 are talking about the same closure or two different events. Furthermore, it’s possible that months/years were misremembered. To be fair, I couldn’t tell you how many closures we had last year, let alone recall closures 20 years ago.

Are there any closures we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Anthony Fiset

Anthony is a junior majoring in Economics. He, like many others, is from right outside of Philly, and by right outside of Philly, he means Pittsburgh. His only source of pride is being a lifetime Costco Executive Member. You can call him, beep him if you wanna reach him at [email protected], or follow him on Twitter @antnyfst.

Comments

Other posts by Anthony

Penn State Baseball Takes Down Lafayette 3-2

The Nittany Lions fended off two late-inning rallies on a lackluster night for the offense.

Dan Chisena Earns High Praise Following Surprise Scholarship Announcement

Homecoming Unveils 2019 Logo

Penn State Ranks No. 117 On Forbes’ Top Colleges List

Penn State ranked just outside the top 100 in this year’s Forbes’ list of the top colleges in the United States.

Penn State Rolls Out Mandatory Wireless Update For Windows, Apple Users

Students, faculty, and staff should update their Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Linux devices before they return to campus.

Send this to a friend