With upcoming forecast, teachers plan for snow day learning

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With Weather Channel reporting “heavy snow and blowing snow” expected this afternoon and “accumulations of 4 to 7 inches Tuesday and Tuesday night, followed by an additional 14 to 19 inches Wednesday afternoon into Thursday” administration is planning for what may be another winter storm with cancellations.

If classes are canceled, teachers will assign 20-30 minutes of independent work through Google Classroom that can be completed from home. Students were encouraged, in a message this afternoon from Dean of Students Stacy Tepp, to bring any materials for classes that met today home with them tonight. While Google Meets will not be expected, teachers will communicate how students should contact them during the day if the weather conditions merit a snow day.

Total accumulation estimates over the next three days range from 18-24 inches with “winds gusting as high as 35 to 40 mph by Wednesday,” according to National Weather Service.

The storm is the second in 2023 estimated to drop record totals of snow. The Jan 3-5 storm recorded a total of 15.1 inches of snowfall, ranking it as the 14th largest snowstorm on record since 1884, according to the Minnesota DNR.