Universities announce blizzard closures

Posted at 6:34 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 06:29:58-05

Area universities are now joining the growing list of schools shutting down ahead of the winter storm.

Towson University postponed move-in for its 5,000 on-campus residents. 

“Unfortunately, due to this severe storm we have postponed the move-in until Monday because the University will be closed on Saturday and Sunday,” said Jerry Dieringer, the assistant vice-president for student affairs at Towson University.

Check-in will be available starting at 8 a.m. Monday until 10 p.m. Classes are scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Morgan State University announced Wednesday that their 6,000 residents could start moving in Thursday morning.

“We can't determine how badly or how much inclement weather we'll receive, or snow. We did want to take that precaution and give students the opportunity to move-in when it was more convenient,” said Larry Jones, the associate director of public relations at Morgan State University.

The decision to allow move-in two days early was welcomed by students and parents.

Bria Jones, a sophomore at Morgan State University, took advantage of the early check-in.

“I don’t want to be trapped back at home in the snow,” she said.

Laferne Hunte and her son, a MSU student, drove down from New York as soon as they heard the news.

“The plan was to come down tomorrow, but then seeing that he can take advantage of the early check-in we wanted to get away and get this done, then get back before the snow hits,” Hunte said.

She also made sure that her son was prepared for the storm.

“He has cooked food and everything he needs, so it shouldn't be a problem,” Hunte said.

Classes at MSU are scheduled to begin on Monday, however, the start of the semester is still up in the air for most Baltimore colleges, as officials wait to see what the storm brings.

“We're in a wait and watch mode and we're going to play this by ear and we'll make determinations based on the weather conditions,” Jones said.

College kids ABC2 spoke with also plan to be on snow alert.

“Oh definitely, I can't wait to go outside, throw a couple of snowballs but I’m definitely going to enjoy it,” said Mareco Edwards II, a sophomore at MSU.

“Snowball fights? No, no, and if so, not on campus. Parties? It's too cold for that. I just might stay in with some friends, hang out and eat food, just catch-up from the break,” said Wyman Jones, a junior at MSU.

University of Maryland, College Park students will only be permitted to move-in on Friday starting at 8 a.m. The university will be closed Friday through Sunday and move-in will not be available Saturday. The school will make a decision on move-in Sunday later this weekend.

And the University of Baltimore will be shut down starting at noon on Friday through Sunday.