Extreme weather leads to reduced operations

In-person classes were cancelled once again on Monday due to a winter storm warning for extreme weather conditions.

ELIZABETH KELSEY, News Editor

Following several weeks of spring temperatures, a winter storm on Monday, March 15 sparked the cancellation of face-to-face classes at UNI for the fourth time this semester.

As a result of “extreme weather conditions,” the university announced at about 6 a.m. on Monday morning that all in-person classes starting before noon would be cancelled or moved online. Later that morning, the decision was extended for the rest of the day.

The campus functioned on reduced operations throughout the day, and campus buildings such as Rod Library were closed.

The wintery mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain, combined with the possibility of winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour, triggered a winter storm warning for much of northeast Iowa until 4 p.m. on Monday. Accumulation was not substantial, however, with Black Hawk County recording only 2-3 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

With the four all-day cancellations (Jan. 26, Feb. 4, Feb. 15 and now March 15) and the cancellation of evening classes on Jan. 25 and morning classes on Feb. 16, UNI has cancelled nearly a week’s worth of in-person classes during the spring 2021 semester.