Last week, students woke up only to look out their windows to find a freshly fallen snow covering the ground. This snowfall came earlier than usual.
Returning students to Northwestern College are no stranger to snow. However, new students may just now be getting accustomed to it.
One thing is for sure, not all students are ready for snow yet. Nobody wants to worry about traveling through icy roads or blizzards this early in the year. Thankfully, the first snow did not stick around for long.
Will Almendarez, a junior from Honduras, couldn’t believe it’s “already colder than a freezer outside.”
“The early snow is terrible especially since it is only October,” he said, adding that he hopes winter will not be terrible, but he would like a little snow in December to make it look pretty for the holidays.
However, some students enjoyed the change in scenery.
Alec Wojak, a freshman from San Antonio, Texas, finds it better than an alternative.
“I did not mind the snow,” Wojak said. “It was a lot better than 100-degree weather.”
Some students on campus might agree with this statement.
The first snow of the year is usually the most enjoyable compared to the rest. One couldn’t miss the snowball fights and snow angels being made across campus. However, the first snow is not always an accurate representation of what the rest of winter looks like.
Students, like Almendarez, might not have to worry about the coming winter. According to the Old Farmers’ Almanac, winter temperatures will be well above normal this year with the heaviest snowfall being from the middle of November to the middle of December. The worst might come when students go home over holiday breaks.
With projected snowfall amounts being less than normal, students who enjoy the winter activities such as sledding, snowball fights and building a snowman may not have as many opportunities to participate in these activities.
It may also pose a threat to the snow shoveling business. Students hoping to shovel snow might find themselves out of work if the temperatures like this week continue into the next few weeks.
The forecast for next week from the Weather Channel shows that temperatures will drop back into the 30s after coming off of a rather warm week. Continuing on through the rest of November, temperatures will float in the 30s and 40s.