Icy conditions cause havoc in the Metroplex

first_img + posts ReddIt Facebook Twitter Winter weather is expected through Monday evening in North Texas. (Photo by weather.gov/fortworth) Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday printThe freezing temperatures gripping North Texas prompted TCU to close the campus for weekend.All in-person classes, events and meetings will be moved to an online format. This includes the COVID-19 vaccination site, which has been pushed back a week. School officials advised students to stay off roads and sidewalks.North Texas is under a Winter Storm Warning through 6 p.m. Monday. The National Weather Service has warned that there could be 3-6 inches of snow and windchills as low as -15 degrees. Temperatures are expected to remain frigid throughout the weekend and into next week.Fort Worth National Weather Service meteorologist Lamont Bain said this cold weather is a rare occurrence.“We’ve got cold air mass that’s moving south from Canada and a lot of cloud cover,” Bain said. “We’re looking at a very active jet stream pattern. Typically we don’t have cold air and moisture in place, but we’ve got strong winds in the system.”Bain said it’s likely to stay cold through the middle of next week, and temperatures may not get above freezing until Wednesday.The cold could make travel treacherous and residents are warned that roads, bridges, overpasses and sidewalks could ice over. Earlier this week, the weather caused multiple freeway closures due to accidents, including a 100- car pileup on Interstate 35W. Although it is still a developing story, there are six casualties confirmed by Fort Worth police and fire officials.These conditions caused a number of schools and universities to close their campuses and either cancel classes or move them online.TCU student Jacob Makowecki, junior accounting major, said though the weather is very cold, it is convenient that most classes are online.“I know for most of my friends and I, our classes are mostly online so we do not need to leave our houses much,” Makowecki, who living off campus, said. “Basically there’s no such thing as snow days anymore, because everything can be put online.” Newest DFW retail store offers a different kind of discount shopping Logan Orsinihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/logan-orsini/ Previous articleHoroscope: February 13, 2021Next articleHorned Frogs one-upped by Longhorns from start to finish, fall in Austin Logan Orsini RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Logan Orsinihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/logan-orsini/ ReddIt Twittercenter_img What we’re reading: Biden to pull troops out of Afghanistan, Chauvin chooses not to testify Logan Orsini Facebook Logan Orsinihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/logan-orsini/ Dispute over 24/7 poker room in Hulen Pointe Mall resolved Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Logan Orsinihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/logan-orsini/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

JPW introduces parents to campus life

first_imgJunior Parent’s Weekend (JPW) gave Notre Dame mothers and fathers a small glimpse into the college lives of their undergraduates. “After being here this weekend, we saw firsthand that Notre Dame is really like a big family,” Alberto Elizondo, the father of Alberto Elizondo, said. Family, both new and old, joined together for a weekend of events featuring an opening gala, collegiate workshops, hall luncheons and a president’s dinner that left parents reminiscing. Cris Bowman, father of Alex Bowman, said he experienced a special warmth at Notre Dame. “Having a son that is here gives you a different perspective,” Bowman said. “This weekend has given us that different perspective, and it really helps you see how warm, welcoming and wonderful the institution is,” Alumnus Martin Prellwitz, father of Sophie Prellwitz, said it was interesting to note the changes around campus. “It was kind of ironic visiting [Riley Hall] because I’m a chemical engineer, so that was my building when I was here, and now it’s the art building,” he said. “It’s an interesting blend of the old and of the new.” Carol Prellwitz, Sophie Prellwitz’s mother, said she enjoyed JPW because it allowed her to meet her daughter’s family away from home. “We got to [know] her ‘Domer’ friends a little better and her friends’ parents — her Notre Dame family,” Carol Prellwitz said. Sophie Prellwitz said she was excited to show her parents how independent she had become over the past three years. “I’m proud to show them the life that I have here that they don’t know about,” she said. Other parents said they enjoyed JPW because it taught them more about the amazing opportunities the University has provided their children. Senior Rebekah Wierson, an architecture major, participated in this year’s JPW. She said the collegiate workshops helped her parents understand how life-changing her time in the Rome Program was. “The Dean gave a really good speech while quoting one of my professors saying that Notre Dame students have the amazing opportunity ‘to live ordinary lives in extraordinary places.’ And that’s what [study abroad] is,” she said. “We live there, we just really understood and learned and educated ourselves just as the Romans did.” Mark Buczek, the father of Kate Buczek, said his experience at the Environmental Science workshop made him excited for his daughter’s future. “Knowing now about all the opportunities that are and will be available to [Kate is hopeful],” he said. “We also saw a physics presentation and we realized how difficult physics is.” Mauro Gregorio, father of Flavio Gregorio, said the event left him nostalgic. “I think that [JPW] forces you to think that it’s probably the last time you come to an event [here] before graduation,” he said. Gregorio said the weekend inspired him to reflect on where his son has been and where he is going. “Graduation is about how everything is behind you, and even more about what’s ahead of you outside of Notre Dame,” he said. “[This weekend] gives us an opportunity to be thankful for everything that’s happened. It has been a great opportunity for our son, and also to start looking forward to how his life will be like after Notre Dame.”last_img read more