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Blizzard cancels classes

Some students called it “snowpocalypse.” Others called it “snowmageddon.” Hyperbolic handles aside, a blizzard of historic proportions shut down most of the MU campus for three days starting at 4 p.m. Jan. 31 through Feb. 3, 2011. Sanborn Field, Mizzou’s Agriculture Experiment Station, reported 14.5 inches of snowfall on campus, and Columbia Regional Airport checked in at 17.5. The storm cancelled classes, a rare event at MU. Previous weather-related closures have occurred in 1949, 1978, 1995, 1998 and 2006.

“The snowfall totals were very consistent across Boone County, and it was one of the top three snowfalls in the past 30 years at Sanborn,” says Randy Miles, associate professor of soil sciences.

“When the chancellor’s first e-mail came out, everyone celebrated and ran to Walmart to stock up on snacks,” says Spencer Ernst, a senior journalism student from St. Louis who lives in Respect Hall. “We watched a lot of Lost in the dorms, and people played board games. But by Wednesday, when the Thursday cancellation was announced, there was a huge mood shift. We were tired of it.”

For those who ventured out, the MU Student Center and the Student Recreation Complex stayed open for entertainment and exercise.

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MU campus closings

  1. 1949 Winter semester start delayed by President Frederick Middlebush (source: Missouri Alumnus)
  2. 1978 Classes cancelled on Feb. 13 due to 12 inches of snow (source: Savitar)
  3. 1995 Classes cancelled on Jan. 19 due to 19.7 inches of snow (source: Savitar)
  4. 1998 Winter semester start delayed one day, from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, due to an ice storm (source: Savitar and MU News Bureau)
  5. 2006 Classes cancelled on Dec. 1 due to 14 inches of snow (source: Savitar and MU News Bureau)
  6. 2011 Full campus closure from 4 p.m. Jan. 31 to 4 a.m. Feb. 4. due to 17.7 inches of snow according to the National Weather Service (source: MIZZOU magazine)