February 5, 2014 Photo A Princeton Snow Day By Ben Koger • February 5, 2014 Twitter Email Share 62 Ben Koger A layer of ice coated much of campus. Ben Koger While classes were canceled, many staffers were still required to come in. Sidewalks were covered in ice and slush in the early afternoon, although sidewalks in some areas, like Wilson College, were cleared later on in the day. Ben Koger A tree fell down in front of Prospect House. Ben Koger The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, campus libraries and Dillon Gymnasium were all closed. Ben Koger New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced a state of emergency on Tuesday evening in advance of the forecasted snow and ice and authorized the closing of state offices for non-essential employees. Ben Koger Many large branches fell in the area around Brown Hall and Prospect Garden. Ben Koger Some paths were actively closed due to the risk of falling branches. However, Martin Mbugua said “There were no injuries reported.” Ben Koger By the afternoon, the rain and ice had stopped. Ben Koger Many University employees worked throughout the day clearing pathways. Ben Koger The combination of wet snow and no classes was ideal for making snowmen. Ben Koger Prospective students weren't deterred by the weather. Ben Koger Neither were visiting tourists. Ben Koger This snowman has a crown. Ben Koger The lack of classes boosted student creativity. Blake Feldman ’17 said, “[I have] more free time, I’ll probably sleep a little more tonight.” Ben Koger Holder Courtyard also had many downed branches. Ben Koger The Stanworth Apartments and the Boathouse, which are supplied power by public utilities and not the University’s cogeneration facility, experienced blackouts. Ben Koger Evening classes were canceled by midday and the resumption of normal operations was postponed to 8:45 a.m. on Thursday from the original expected time of 5 p.m. Wednesday. Ben Koger The University last canceled classes on Feb. 10, 2010, almost four years ago, also due to a snowstorm.