Meetings were held throughout Tuesday to discuss the possibility of a third school cancellation of the semester, and University Chief of Staff Jay Groves said the final decision will be made when the last meeting is held.
When it comes to deciding whether or not to open school, several factors are considered.
“We talk with folks from the Environment Health and Safety Department, and we look at many different weather models,” Groves said.
They also talk to other companies and schools in the area about their plans regarding the extreme winter conditions and take those conversations into consideration.
Compared to other years, this winter has been unpleasant for ISU, Groves said. However, the snow plowers usually do a good job at getting the streets and sidewalks clear in time for classes to start.
“ISU doesn’t close as often as secondary and elementary schools, obviously, and most students live in short distance to campus and is not a problem getting to campus,” he said.
“But the past couple of closes were because of the cold, and we decide how dangerous it is to be outside for a short period of time,” Groves said.“Bundle up, stay warm and stay safe.”
Kirk Huettl, forecaster at the National Weather Service in Lincoln, said six to nine inches is expected to accumulate in the Bloomington-Normal area and will continue to fall until late this morning.
Huettl said a wind chill advisory will be issued Wednesday after midnight and will be lifted Thursday at noon. Wind gusts will be between 15-25 mph and temperatures will reach eight degrees below zero. Snow is predicted to drift and blow throughout the next few days as well.
Bloomington-Normal can expect an inch or two of snow to fall this upcoming weekend, Huettl said.
“The rest of February will have wintery conditions, but we shouldn’t see another winter storm this month. Temperatures will still stay cold though,” he added.