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Chance of Snow Reminds Students of 2014 Snowpocalypse

A year has passed since the "light dusting" of snow was forecast for Alabama. White, powdery flakes weren't even supposed to affect the day-to-day happenings of the central and northern parts of our state. Birmingham, Alabama only saw two inches of snow, but the results left residents in havoc.  Thus, "Snowpocalypse" was the loving nickname given to the madness that ensued. 

Our lovely village was rumored to be covered in a white substance that, surprisingly, wasn't toilet paper. Auburn University cancelled classes and all other school-related operations on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 and thousands of students rejoiced at the idea of a (very belated) white Christmas.

Tuesday came with the results many had anticipated. While some marveled at the snow as if it was their first sighting, others remained unimpressed. Dylan Barr, Auburn University student and West Virginia native, thought the hype created by his peers was unnecessary. 

"We went to school with four inches of snow on the ground back home. 'Snowpocalypse' wasn't too bad," said Barr.

As Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 drew near and the weather continued its pattern of uncertainty, classes were cancelled again. Students embarked to Samford Hall to take pictures of what had once seemed like an impossible goal. Two days off from school for snow? In Auburn? The situation was simply unheard of. (Photo credit: Carley McCune)

Central Alabama was not as lucky as the plains of Auburn when it came to getting out of school. Auburn University alumna Jenni Russell worked at Pelham High School in Pelham, Alabama at the time and recalls having to spend the night at the school due to the weather conditions.

"We were released around 11 a.m., but they had to call the buses back so everyone ended up in the lunchroom," said Russell. "They started letting kids walk home if their parents called and gave them permission. We ended up with about 50 kids and 20 teachers. The girls slept in the choir room and the boys slept in the gym. It was definitely a crazy experience, but we were all safe and made the most of it."

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 was the final day classes were cancelled due to the seemingly unpredictable weather. Auburn University would later end up scheduling make-up Saturday classes throughout the spring semester to help professors and students catch up after their "winter vacation." (Photo credit: Lydia Allison)

So what can be expected out of this semester's snow hysteria across the state? According to the Auburn University Emergency Management Twitter account on Feb. 24, "No winter weather expected in Auburn area. Should stay north. No changes to operations planned. Will continue to monitor & adjust if needed."

Students may not see class cancellations from this year's winter wonderland, but if the 2013 Iron Bowl is any testament to Auburn miracles, you never know what you're going to get! 


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