Due to extreme winter conditions, the university was closed Tuesday through early Thursday morning
Tuesday and Wednesday were the coldest days Minnesota has seen in 25 years, with Tuesday being 27 below zero, and Wednesday 36 below zero.
With the wind chill it is supposed to be much colder. What does this mean for students?
Well, if you didn’t checked your emails, Tuesday and Wednesday the entirety of Minnesota State University, Mankato was closed. Only weather-related employees were to show up at MNSU.
All events, RSOs, offices, and campus-related activities were postponed until further notice. The campus is expected to open again at 6 a.m. Thursday. For students living on-campus, the Univeristy Dining Center remained open.
According to National Geographic, a wind chill of 50 degrees below zero can cause frostbite in less than five minutes. According to Weather.com, Tuesday’s winds were supposed to get up to 25 to 35 miles per hour and Wednesday’s from 10 to 20.
All students were advised to stay indoors and if you had to leave, hope you were bundle up. Sweatshirts, jackets, thick socks, mittens or gloves, hats, and scarves are a must during these cold days. You should also start your vehicle and let it warm up for a while before driving it. Driving in extremely cold weather before your car can warm up can damage it, and sometimes it can be beyond repair.
Highland Hills Apartment, which is across from campus, has recently issued an advisory for its residents, saying to keep their faucets trickling with hot water so the pipes don’t freeze up. This is good advice for students who might not know that pipes can freeze. If you live in houses, you should also do this.
Students who won’t be home should also keep their heat on. This is another way to avoid pipes from freezing, and if your apartment or house gets cold enough it could damage your belongings. Also be mindful of your pets and make sure they stay indoors.
One student says of the weather, “I’m stoked about the snow day, but this weather is insane. I can already feel my nose hairs freezing off!” Another student says they will be calling into work. “Safety first,” she says.
Students should take this as solid advice, as well. If you feel that you cannot get to work safely, you should stay indoors. Always take your personal safety into account first.
“Stay warm or risk the consequences!”
Feature photo by Mansoor Ahmad | MSU Reporter.