Snow days- not what they used to be

By Sarah Rachfal

What seems like every few years, students of all ages throughout Michigan get a snow day and get the day off from school.

The snow storm that tore through the southwest to the northeast know as “Snowpacalypse” forced approximately 400 schools in the metro-Detroit area to close down for part of the day on Feb. 1 and all day on Groundhog’s Day, Feb. 2. 

Snowpacalyspe affected much of the United States, paralyzed airports, and left travelers stranded.  News stations were consumed with every ounce of the storm’s potential, causing many Michiganders to question if the amount of snow that was forecasted was in fact accurate. 

Metro Detroit was reported to get approximately 10-14 inches of snow, but according to the Detroit Free Press, Livonia only got 5.1 inches and the surrounding areas did not accumulate the amount of snow forecasted as well.

Madonna students Allison Follbaum and Susan LaFrance said that they did not expect the forecast to be accurate.

“I was actually hoping they would be right rather than actually believing they would. I will always take a snow day to have fun and act like a little kid again,” said Follbaum. 

It just so happens that on the day of what many young people joked about facing their “impending doom”, Punxsutawney Phil, the weather forecasting groundhog from Pennsylvania, did not see his shadow, which means the Michigan winter we have become familiar with is expected to end sooner than expected.

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on Feb. 2, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will end soon. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and move back back into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks.

Although a day off from school is always appreciated, it never seems to really be much of a “day off” from anything, unless you are young enough to get carted around by your parents.  Just because the snow falls and school is cancelled, college students still have many other responsibilities to tend to.  Some have families and children or jobs, but every college student is similar in the sense that we all have homework to complete, despite the weather.

“Being from Traverse City, the snow didn’t really affect me,” said Criminal Justice major Mara Bobon.  Bobon braved the weather, but not everyone was so brave.

“I ended up making popcorn balls with my family and playing a new game, so actually it was kind of a step back in time to my childhood. I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Follbaum. 

LaFrance enjoyed going sledding as a child on her snow days, but these days, just because school is cancelled does not mean work cannot get done online.

“Even though school was closed I was still able to take my test. Technology makes a difference,” said LaFrance.

Although snow days are not what they used to be, one thing to look forward to is the early arrival of spring.