The Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey announced a rare snow closing on Tuesday, due to an expected winter storm. This is the first time the college campus has shut down in almost exactly five years, with the last snow closing occurring on February 12, 2019. The decision to close was made in response to the severe weather forecast predicting significant snow accumulation in the Hoboken area.
Sara Klein, vice president for student affairs, commented that “amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life, there’s great wisdom in taking a step back and embracing the simplicity of a good old-fashioned snow day.” In addition to classes being canceled, offices at the university were closed, although essential employees were required to report to work and certain essential meetings would be held remotely. Essential campus services such as dining halls and campus security remained operational with adjusted hours.
The city of Hoboken suspended street sweeping on Tuesday and prohibited parking on emergency routes. While Hoboken public schools also closed on Tuesday due to the storm’s timing and expected snowfall, it is rare for a college campus to shut down like this. The Stevens Institute of Technology, perched on Castle Point in Hoboken, made the decision to close the campus in light of the impending winter storm and the desire to provide the campus community with a break. If you’re located in New Jersey and want information about weather conditions around you, you can find an eye on the radar and updated NWS forecasts on their website.