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By Halimah Kargbo
When it comes to winters here in Maryland, the average winter temperature hasn’t changed much in the last five years, but the same can’t be said when thinking about snow. This season, the amount of snowfall has surpassed the total amount that we received in Maryland last winter. It was a pretty low bar to beat, seeing as how last year’s total was 1.8 inches. An amount like that has only been seen twice since the year 1973.
For those who love snow, hearing that we are well into a snowy winter this year is good news.
“I’ve enjoyed the snowfall. It provides a nice change of scenery,” senior Jac’ey Wynn-Ogunbode says. “These are unprecedented times, so it’s nice to feel ‘normal’ and curl up with some hot chocolate while watching the snow.”
Snowy winters in Maryland are pretty typical; amounts as high as 77 inches for an entire winter season have been recorded in the last decade. Specifically, that would have been the winter of 2009-10, a year that some high-school students today can remember. Being able to get back to winters like those is a joy for many.
“I remember back when I was in 1st grade, there was a huge blizzard and I was so pumped because we didn’t have school for an entire week or so,” senior Inshal Choudhry says. “Days like that were always so fun and I really miss them.” However, fun snowstorms also come with slippery conditions on the road and other dangers. Some students remember those snowy days differently.
“Maybe two years ago there was so much ice in the mornings and I had to be crazy careful when catching the bus,” says senior Dilei Yarmah. “That was definitely the less fun part about getting snow in the winter.”
This year has also presented a new experience for students— a sharp decline in snow days. Weather that would have once guarantee a day off of school, a delay, or an early dismissal now makes little difference in the world of virtual learning.
“Although I love snow, having to attend school regardless has decreased my interest and excitement for it,” Inshal adds.
So far, there has yet to be a cancellation of virtual classes due to snow, but the season isn’t over. The only way for classes to be canceled is in the event of widespread power outages, in which case the costs may outweigh the benefit of having a day off.