Georgetown students wake up to lovely news: The University is, in fact, closed
Georgetown students all around campus woke up this morning to see that lovely, lovely message that the University is closed, then proceeded to immediately go back to sleep. Vox was extra relieved, as she didn’t do any of her homework for today’s classes assuming they would be cancelled.
Last night around 11:30 p.m., students around campus were shocked to find that the University was, in fact, planning on staying open with some “liberal leave” nonsense, while American University was planning on staying closed. This was certainly dreadful, dreadful news for all of us students who were banking on sleeping in and enjoying a three-day week.
Right now (at 10:15 a.m.), however, it seems as though keeping the University open wouldn’t have been a crazy idea, as the snow has not started sticking to the ground yet because the wind is blowing quite hard.
The Patch reports that the snow will begin to make an appearance around noon, continuing to fall all night and leading to 5 to 10 inches of snow. The heaviest snowfall will be between 1 and 6 p.m., where about 4 inches is predicted to fall. The heavy winds will continue as temperature fall (eventually landing in the single digits later this evening).
While the last blast of cold air to hit the region was a polar vortex, this weather phenomenon has an even cooler sounding sounding name: bombogenesis.
NPR reports that this name is commonly used by meteorologists to describe a rapidly intensifying storm, though it is not actually in the meteorological glossary. In super non-specific terms, it’s when very cold air and warm ocean waters or cold polar air and a warm air mass mix to create an “extratropical surface cyclone.” Vox thinks this phenomenon sounds more like a disease mosquitoes carry or a nonsense word weathermen use to get attention, but if it keeps us home from school, she’s happy.
Until the snow begins to land, start getting out your waterproof gloves and boots, ‘cus Vox wants a bombogenastic snowball fight (it would be her first ‘cus she’s from Florida!)
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