By Bilal Key
A major snowstorm is schedule to hit the area — in time for Founder’s weekend.
Beginning Friday, Lincoln University could be hit with significant rainfall and potentially snow as a result of a Nor’easter that has already been named Nemo.
The area, however, will likely be spared the full force of the storm, which is expected to dump significant amounts of snowfall from Northern New Jersey throughout New England, according to Weather.com.
As a result, the university has no current plans to postpone Founders Weekend activities, said Eric Webb, the university’s director of Communications and Public Relations.
But if snow hits, some students will not be happy.
“I don’t like the snow,” student Breanna Nero said, “I feel like it slows me down, so I will be bundled up this weekend.”
The timing for the precipitation to start here on campus and surrounding areas will be from Friday at 5a.m. until Saturday at 2 p.m. Friday morning precipitation will start off as an icy mix before potentially changing over to snow in the afternoon and evening commute as temperatures drop.
The storm will go through “bombogenesis” once South of Montauk Point, LI where snow accumulations could possibly be in the order of a foot or more in cities like New York City, Hartford, Providence, Boston, and Bangor.
“I hope classes get cancelled due to the storm. I don’t want to walk to class and slip and fall on the ice,” computer science major Donovan Anderson said.
For all of you snow lovers on campus who are praying for a two hour delay or University closure I would give it a 40-50% chance of happening. Total snowstorm accumulations will be in the order of 4-8 inches. It could be more or less depending on how long the period of mixing will last and the intensity of the storm before it moves away from our area.
Blizzard like conditions will be felt especially from Northern New Jersey all the way to Maine come Friday afternoon and evening as the storm really wraps and strengthens along the coast. Winds will be whipping from the North 25-35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph, which could make travel nearly impossible.
Any students traveling back home for the weekend that live anywhere from Philadelphia on northward to Boston are urged to take precautions.