February 5, 2014   Photo

A Princeton Snow Day

A layer of ice coated much of campus.

A layer of ice coated much of campus.

While classes were canceled, many staffers were still required to come in.

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.

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.

A tree fell down in front of Prospect House.

A tree fell down in front of Prospect House.

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, campus libraries and Dillon Gymnasium were all closed.

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, campus libraries and Dillon Gymnasium were all closed.

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.

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.

Many large branches fell in the area around Brown Hall and Prospect Garden.

Many large branches fell in the area around Brown Hall and Prospect Garden.

Some paths were actively closed due to the risk of falling branches.  However, Martin Mbugua said “There were no injuries reported.”

Some paths were actively closed due to the risk of falling branches. However, Martin Mbugua said “There were no injuries reported.”

By the afternoon, the rain and ice had stopped.

By the afternoon, the rain and ice had stopped.

Many University employees worked throughout the day clearing pathways.

Many University employees worked throughout the day clearing pathways.

The combination of wet snow and no classes was ideal for making snowmen.

The combination of wet snow and no classes was ideal for making snowmen.

Prospective students weren't deterred by the weather.

Prospective students weren't deterred by the weather.

Neither were visiting tourists.

Neither were visiting tourists.

This snowman has a crown.

This snowman has a crown.

The lack of classes boosted student creativity.  Blake Feldman ’17 said, “[I have] more free time, I’ll probably sleep a little more tonight.”

The lack of classes boosted student creativity. Blake Feldman ’17 said, “[I have] more free time, I’ll probably sleep a little more tonight.”

Holder Courtyard also had many downed branches.

Holder Courtyard also had many downed branches.

The Stanworth Apartments and the Boathouse, which are supplied power by public utilities and not the University’s cogeneration facility, experienced blackouts.

The Stanworth Apartments and the Boathouse, which are supplied power by public utilities and not the University’s cogeneration facility, experienced blackouts.

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.

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.

The University last canceled classes on Feb. 10, 2010, almost four years ago, also due to a snowstorm.

The University last canceled classes on Feb. 10, 2010, almost four years ago, also due to a snowstorm.