The First Cancellation

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The first school cancellation of the year finally happened! Surprisingly, it happened in early November. I recognized the excitement of many of my friends on social media yesterday.  At 11 p.m. on Monday, I received a message about the delay. I set my alarm for 10:15 a.m. and went to sleep. The next morning I woke up and saw the cancellation and went back to sleep again. This situation seemed to be common for many of my classmates. Contrarily, not every school canceled class yesterday. Kokomo went a full day, but a lot of schools considered the slick, icy roads and cold weather enough to call off. 

“I laid in bed the entire day,” said Lexi Roegner, a senior at Northwestern. She said being lazy “was the best part” of school cancelling. I asked people from other schools based on their opinions. The road near Northwestern remained icy until this morning. I think many people expected the conditions to be subpar and definitely not enough to cancel school. Snow and ice covered multiple states across the midwest. The temperatures remained below freezing overnight which caught many communities and cities off guard. In Kokomo, salt never made it onto the roads in preparation for the conditions. A few cars slid off highways and I saw a car on the side of the road on my way to work. 

Central Indiana accumulated around 2 to 4 inches of snow and it definitely showed on the ground. Westfield reported 4.5 inches of snow, and Indianapolis reported a record amount of 2.3 inches of snow for November 11th according to FOX 59 News. The previous record of 1.2 inches occurred in 1995. Indiana’s snowfall reports appear on the low side of the scale for the past few years. The amount of snow might alarm some concerned with winter conditions in the coming months. The last weeks of January 2020 contain “copious amounts of snow, rain, sleet, and ice,” said The Farmers’ Almanac.

The 2019 winter encompassed many cancellations and delays for Lewis Cass. I specifically remember not being at school from January 28th until the 31st. The windchill made temperatures feel like -40 degrees. Yesterday morning only reached a low of 4°. “My car took so long to warm up,” said Collin Rassel, a senior at Western. The air seemed cold enough to hurt my lungs. I felt it running through my nose and straight to my brain. To prepare for the weather, I wore a hat and a pair of gloves. On the contrary, neither aided in the priority of keeping me warm throughout the morning. 

A day devoted to working at home turned into sleeping much more than expected. Many of my friends slept long past their usual alarm clocks. In the morning the roads had a thick layer of ice that generated a numerous amount of accidents. The abrupt amount of snow surprised a great deal of people in the state. The weather reports started focusing on the advisories later in the day. Our first cancellation turned into a day of sleepy surprises.

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