Winter weather cancels early Tuesday classes


Film studies seniors record sound in the cold weather next to the White Hall Classroom Building on Monday. Photo by Zach Brake

For the second day in a row UK operated on an altered schedule due to snowy conditions.

According to a UK alert sent at approximately 5 a.m., all classes before 11 a.m. were canceled Tuesday. Classes after 5 p.m. Monday were also canceled due to snow.

Vice President for Public Safety Anthany Beatty said the decision to delay classes Tuesday for two hours was made based on several factors.

UK officials held a conference in the morning and information from the National Weather Service said the area would get more snow flurries, but officials were concerned with ice conditions, Beatty said.

” … We had the possibility for more icing,” he said.

Beatty said the Physical Plant Division was making good headway early Tuesday morning except for on the tops of parking structures throughout campus, so that was a concern as well.

Beatty said the issue of the snow emergency in Lexington declared by Mayor Jim Newberry caused concern, because the university did not want to have issues with towing of cars interfering with campus and snow routes.

“The decision was made … to give everybody time to catch up,” Beatty said.

According to the National Weather Service, the forecast for Fayette County on Wednesday predicts snow showers until midday with a slight chance of snow in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 20’s.