Friday forecast leaves little chance for snow day

Friday forecast leaves little chance for snow day

Students expecting a snow day Friday shouldn’t hold their breath.

The area south of Fort Worth is predicted to get snow Friday, but there is only a 30 percent chance of flurries Friday afternoon, and they would affect the area closer to Waco than Fort Worth, said meteorologist Daniel Huckaby of the Dallas-Fort Worth National Weather Service office.

The National Weather Service Web site reported snow accumulation of 0.3 inches in Fort Worth on Wednesday.

Provost Nowell Donovan said snow like Wednesday’s would not send students home tomorrow.

“Snow like we had (Wednesday) which was not settling … there’s no way we’re going to cancel school for that,” Donovan said. “Ordinary snow just landing on the streets isn’t a major problem because we never get enough of it. But the ice is a totally different matter.”

He said statistics for car accidents when there is ice on the ground shows how dangerous icy conditions can be for drivers. The university has to think about not only its students, but also the people who drive in at 5 a.m. to open the school every day, Donovan said.

If there are serious amounts of ice on the roads early enough in the day, Donovan said he would seriously consider closing school early to allow commuters to drive home safely before the weather worsened.

Robert Sulak, Physical Plant director of landscape, said employees would be ready should the area get snow or ice Friday.

“We spread sand along the major walkways,” Sulak said. “We try to have access from the dorms to the dining areas. It takes time to get everything done. We put out ice melt and sand, but sand really can’t go out until the ice is already there because it just covers it up.”

He said the Physical Plant monitors the weather to know when it needs to organize for a large snow or ice storm, but it already has ice melt and sand supplies prepared.

Students who woke up early Friday morning saw snow flurries, but the ground was too warm for it to cover large areas. Huckaby said the ground temperature was 40 degrees and the air temperature did not reach below freezing for very long.

Huckaby said his office would have to keep track of temperature changes to make more precise predictions about Friday’s potential snow accumulation.

Junior advertising/public relations major Alyssa Underwood said she woke up after the snowfall had already ended.

“I figured it would be (gone) though because it’s Texas,” Underwood said. “It’ll be snowing in the morning then 80 degrees later that day.”