For the third day in a row, colleges and universities all over Arkansas have been shutdown due to weather.
Today the state expects snow accumulation, as much as six inches in the southern regions of the state. The sleet and snow have closed schools in colleges in Magnolia, Camden, and Fordyce, cities that hadn’t been too harshly hit by the snowfall that brought Little Rock, Hot Springs and the northern parts of the state to a standstill both Monday and Tuesday morning.
By yesterday afternoon, Monday’s snow had melted away, but threats of a severe storm system moving in the from the West held out a second chance that Wednesday would be an off day too.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and colleges in the Little Rock area have been closed since Monday. There’s also talk of snow again on Thursday. The four day snowcation finds lots of students whining about the time they’ve missed from classes on their respective college websites.
Today, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has decided to open, but Pulaski Tech, the largest community college in the state, has closed all three of its campuses.
The snow days are great for students who’ve attended classes regularly, but students who haven’t made much of an effort to be in class since the semester began will be lost in the virtual sauce should classes resume this week.
The end of February snowstorms are perfect for teachers and professors bogged down in grading. Writing instructors in particular need plenty of time to grade and edit essays and the winter weather has provided more than enough break and relief.
But that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be awesome if it snows again on Thursday.
Throughout the Arkansas snow week, much of Texas has bragged about its 60 plus degree temps and sunshine. But today the storm that’s moving into Arkansas and Louisiana is the system that dropped ice over Texas. Yesterday, Texans experienced ice and today that storm system threatens the southern regions of Arkansas and northern Louisiana.
Finally, educators in the southern section of Arkansas get a snow day. The rest of the state has had two days off, not to mention the days off from last week’s snow. Most northern Arkansas schools are heading in to class today.
For educators north of Arkadelphia, calling Wednesday off rested largely in trusting that the pending system would bring debilitating weather. On Monday, much like today, in southern regions of the state beneath Little Rock, snow didn’t arrive until after the start of the school day. Still, administrators made the call early.
Today’s winter weather isn’t expected to make its mark in the central region until after nine a.m. But by six a.m, colleges and universities in the region, as well as school districts, had made the call to cancel academics.
On Monday, the Little Rock Police department reported 88 traffic accidents in the snow. The Little Rock area is expected to get the least amount of snowfall compared to the states southern regions which again, is prepared for six big inches of the fun stuff.