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Winter weather hits UNT, causes dangerous conditions

Winter weather hits UNT, causes dangerous conditions

March 03
00:16 2015

Rhiannon Saegert / News Editor

Students withstood a frigid weekend through a combination of diligent tweeting and safety precautions when an ice storm closed UNT and public transportation, but Denton may not be out of the weather yet.

Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement warning North and Central Texans about an incoming wintry mix expected to arrive Wednesday, which could mean more closures and delays.

Accounting freshman Laura Krolow said she spent the weekend in her dorm.

“My roommate and I would occasionally go out and play in the snow for a while and then come back inside. Other than leaving once or twice for meals and stuff, but that was about it,” Krolow said.

Anthropology freshman Hannah Raska said her parents, went through with their plan to visit her, despite the weather.

“They drive minimally Friday night, from Austin,” Raska said. “They picked me up and went straight to the hotel. My parents are from Minnesota, so they know how to drive in this weather.”

She said despite her parents’ know-how, they avoided Interstate 35, anticipating traffic and not trusting everyone else on the road.

On Friday, Denton County Transportation Authority initially tweeted the UNT Shuttle Campus Cruisers would run according the schedule, but later tweeted the shuttles would not operate on Saturday, and further stopped all transportation services. After running briefly, the campus shuttles stayed inoperative through Sunday and are running as of Monday.

The Denton Police Department tweeted throughout the weekend, giving driving traffic and weather updates as well as driving advice. Denton PD tweeted it handled 60 accidents, 55 minor and five major, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Friday and 30 accidents, 27 minor and three major, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday.

Business Computer Information Systems junior Alexis Kunkel said she avoided driving altogether.

“The parking lot where I live was completely iced over,” she said. “I found entertainment watching other people trying to drive because their cars would just slide everywhere.”

She said she spent her time indoors the most responsible way she could.

“I Netflixed a bunch,” she said. “I thought I was studying. I’d have my books out and everything, but then Netflix.”

Kunkel works in Lewisville and would normally work Friday and Saturday, but was told not to risk taking I-35.

“My coworkers were like ‘Don’t drive, stay home!’ I also work on campus Tuesday and Thursday morning, but they told me not to come in for my early morning shift,” Kunkel said. “Then a little later, school was cancelled.”

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