Unexpected Snow Storm Strikes Poughkeepsie

Last week, Robert Haley, a senior at Marist College, was expecting snow flurries.  However, he hadn’t anticipated the magnitude of this snow storm, which called for a “Winter Weather Advisory” in Dutchess County, Thursday night.

“I was shocked.  The forecast all week said we were going to get, like, just a few inches,” said Haley.

Haley was correct, the forecast hadn’t foreseen the severity of this storm.  In fact, on Monday the forecast predicted 2-4 inches. Then, on Thursday the forecast was raised to 4-8 inches.  However, this still wasn’t indicative of Thursday’s snow fall. In fact, Poughkeepsie accumulated up to 12 inches of snow, and some neighboring communities, such as Fishkill, saw up to 14.5 inches of snow.

“The storm ended up being more intense than we thought…The forecast we put out is based on the best science and the best analysis we have,” said meteorologist Ray O’Keefe in an interview with the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Many students and residents in the Poughkeepsie area were caught off guard by the  unexpected snowfall last Thursday. And, like Haley, it appeared that students and residents struggled to drive safely during the storm.

“It was mayhem on the roads.  I actually was hit by a car that couldn’t slow down in time in the snow.”  Haley continued, “But there were accidents left and right. Everywhere. The roads were definitely not safe.”

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Snow plows attempt to clear the roads during Thursday’s storm.  (Photo courtesy of poughkeepsiejournal.com)

This being said, not everyone was had unfortunate experiences due to the snow, especially Marist students.  

“I was ecstatic.  I had a project due Thursday night, but my class got cancelled.  This was a blessing in disguise,” said Matthew Bannon, 22, a student at Marist.

Bannon, like many others, was happy to see classes cancelled on Thursday night, as well as throughout Friday.  Other colleges in the area closed their campuses, as well, including Vassar College, the Culinary Institute of America and Dutchess Community College.

Some students even decided to make their snow day by sledding on campus.

“Me and my friends went sledding on the hill behind behind Hancock.  It’s really steep,” said Will Smith, 19, a sophomore at Marist. “Hey, I may be 19, but I can still enjoy the snow.”


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