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Heavy snow isn't enough to cancel UI classes

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Classes at one of Iowa's largest universities was in session as planned Monday, despite the fast-dropping snow and other nearby schools in the area closing for the day.

As heavy snow fell in Iowa City, tires struggled in snow-filled roadways.  But cars weren't the only ones having a hard time as University of Iowa students made their way to classes.

"It was nice this morning but now it's terrible," UI student, Aaron Bowi, said.

As plows manned the streets, skid loaders worked away on campus sidewalks, as hundreds of students trekked through. 

"It's not fun. At least it's not too cold. It sucks to have to bundle up and grudge through class in this," Kiersten Dey, an UI student, said.

Despite Monday's heavy snowfall, it wasn't enough to cancel classes. The university said it follows its "Extreme Weather Protocol."

"Whenever possible, the university continues to function during inclement weather. Regularly scheduled classes meet to the extent that students and faculty are able to travel to campus and attend classes," the protocol writes.

Dey, a senior, said she wasn't surprised that classes weren't canceled. She said, in her four years at UI, she's never had a class cancelled due to weather. She wasn't the only student not surprised.

"I was telling some of my floor mates that class won't be canceled unless we have to swim to class and, even then, it's going to be a little iffy cause we can all kind of swim.  So I'm not too surprised," Matt Engelken, a fellow UI student, said.

But it wasn't cold enough for many students to not stop and snap a picture of the snowy Pentacrest. Nor was it enough to cancel campus tours, as potential future Hawkeyes got an early tease of an Iowa winter.

"I'm from Wisconsin. I'm used to it. I kind of expect to have to get it out here. I know some of the kids from the south expect the whole campus to be shut down," Daniel Mullen, a UI junior, said.

Even though they all braved the elements, some students believed it was worthy of having a snow day.

"On a day like this, I feel like right now it probably should be because people are trying to commute, so that gets a little dangerous. I think walking in it isn't too bad. This morning it wasn't bad yet, but I think, as of this afternoon, classes should have been canceled," Dey said.

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