UT cancels classes, students enjoy winter weather

UT cancels classes, students enjoy winter weather

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Thursday's cancellation marked just the second time the university closed for a full day since 2003. Thursday's cancellation marked just the second time the university closed for a full day since 2003.
Students flocked to the Fort Sanders neighborhood to get a look at a huge snow wall. Students flocked to the Fort Sanders neighborhood to get a look at a huge snow wall.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Many students at the University of Tennessee took advantage of all the snowfall that accumulated around campus.  

The university canceled both daytime and evening classes Thursday, which is something that rarely happens.  

Knox County saw anywhere between five and six inches of snowfall.

The National Weather Service says this is the most snow this area has seen since the blizzard of 1993.  

For many, the UT campus and the Fort Sanders neighborhood were transformed into a winter wonderland.

"We don't get weather like this all the time, so it does bring people together," said UT senior Daniel MacDonald.

Students were getting a rare opportunity to play in the snow.  

"It's also real great — kind of relive our childhood, just kind of frolic in the snow," said Scottie White, UT Senior.  

Thursday's cancellation marked just the second time the university closed for a full day since 2003.  

"A full cancellation is a rare event. We've had some closures at night during the storm or late openings, but this is the first time I've ever seen it get shut down," said George Kuney, a UT Law professor.

For many, the fun started when the snow started Wednesday night.  

That's when Arthur Leago started building a snow wall that became so big, it blocked off a street in the Fort Sanders neighborhood.  

Students were flocking to take a look.

"We had people coming up here all throughout last night. We were out here until 3:00 in the morning, just messing around, having snowball fights and building the wall," Leago said.  

There were many snowball fights all across campus, including at the top of The Hill near Ayers Hall.    

The university was only open for emergency and essential services Thursday, but buses were running. 

A few professors say they were on campus to catch up on some work.

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