I’ve been greatly frustrated with being at school…something about the courses, my friends, and just about everything else has got my brain in a blizzard. When I heard there could be a snowstorm, I have to admit – I was a bit relieved.
According to the weather network, every major city from Windsor to Kingston will see at least 15cm of snow on Wed. In fact, some areas could see up to 30cm between Wed and Thurs. This is going to be a significant winter storm for much on North America; many of the US states are also expecting a massive snowfall and freezing temperatures – snow could be measured in feet in some places! Dozens of flights have already been cancelled as freezing rain is predicted tonight.
Unfortunately, the University of Toronto is a ridiculous stickler for keeping classes – which I appreciate, because at $500 a pop for a half-year course, you’ll lose $42 every time a class is cancelled. But in the terrible position that the university decides too late that the class is cancelled, many students have travelled an hour – possible more if traffic is a problem – to make it downtown; only to discover an impertinent notice on the door which says your hours of commute were worthless.
How can you combat this problem, so you don’t make an unnecessary trip?
Check the U of T website for one – at http://www.utoronto.ca/ – often they put up notices about school closures. In the event, however, that you don’t have access to the internet, or the website has not been updated, you can check the “snowstorm hotline” – which I think is as hilarious but great idea. Simply dial the number below, and listen to the recorded message. The message will be updated if classes are cancelled.
|St. George Campus||416-978-SNOW (7669)|
|Uof T Mississauga||905-569-4455|
|U of T Scarborough||416-287-7026|
If you are lucky enough not to have to leave at the crack of down to get downtown (yes, I get up at 6AM to get to school for 9AM), then you can take a look at media sources such as the news, such as the TV or radio.
You can get more information about how the university decides to close the school, and what the process is at this website.
We’ll try to post some updates in the comment sections about the weather and potential school closures.
Let us know how it goes!
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