(NSU NEWSROOM--March 4, 2014)--Andre Quattlebaum can’t wait until the time of year when he can walk around on campus without a coat.
As the sophomore mass communications major stepped in slushy snow toward the Student Services Center on campus, he said it is time for a break in the weather.
“I’m ready for the spring,” said Quattlebaum, of Clinton, Md., who was bundled up in a heavy coat, hat and boots. “There has been enough snow, and there is something about the spring that makes this campus special.”
The Norfolk State University community dealt with another round of snow this week that forced the cancellation of classes and activities on campus. Quattlebaum and others dealt with slushy conditions that brought two to four inches of snow across sections of Hampton Roads on Monday, March 3.
But while the snowfall this season has nearly doubled the average snowfall in Hampton Roads, it is nowhere near the record, experts say.
Jon McGee, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wakefield, said the record for snowfall in the region is 41.9 inches that fell during the 1979-1980 winter.
“The snowfall this year is above average, but it isn’t the record,” McGee said.
McGee said the average snowfall in Hampton Roads is around eight inches, but this winter around 15 and a half inches of snow has fallen since December. He said it is also likely the temperatures in the region will be a degree or two lower before season ends on March 20.
The good news is that warmer weather is on the way, and the probability of more snowfall is low, McGee said.
And that makes students like Brenae Tate happy. The junior social work major from Accomack County, on the Eastern Shore, said she is ready to see longer days and more outdoor activities on campus.
“I don’t want any more snow,” Tate said. “Hopefully this will be the last of it.”