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First sign of NIU winter, Wednesday travel to be unaffected

Nick Glover
Snow falls on an NIU lamp post with Adams Hall in the background. The university saw its first snow fall of the year on Oct. 31. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)

DeKALB – For some it was a trick, and for some it was a treat when students woke up and saw the first official snowfall of the season on Halloween.

DeKalb experienced its first snowfall of the season Tuesday. The National Weather Service reported the high to be 34 degrees and a low of 23 degrees which was just cold enough to get some flurries.

“It’s only Halloween, and we’re already getting snow,” said Anna Lassak, a junior communicative disorders student. “It just sucks for the kids that are supposed to go trick-or-treating because it’s so cold, and it makes the walks to class a nightmare.”

The snow put a damper on some students’ moods.

Maddie Voorhis, a first year nursing major, said she is not happy about the return of the cold weather.

“It makes getting to classes less convenient,” Voorhis said. “The buses fill up quickly, so it’s either brave the cold and walk or get really close with some strangers on the Huskie buses.”

Throughout the day it flurried on and off which was exaggerated by the wind. The National Weather Service said wind would reach up to 30 miles per hour.

Kendall Smetana, a first year nursing student, said she grew up near DeKalb and is used to the cold weather but is not used to walking in it.

“I feel like I need to go buy thermal clothes, and it’s only the beginning,” Smetana said.

Walker Ashley, a professor of geographic and atmospheric sciences, said since the ground is still warm, whatever accumulates on the ground shouldn’t last long.

“Get some hand warmers if you’re going trick-or-treating,” Ashley said.

The National Weather Service’s forecast calls for a mostly sunny Wednesday with a high near 40 degrees. Commuter students should not have to worry about snow-covered roads.

Although there isn’t a prediction for snow for the rest of the week, winter is only just beginning.

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