Members of Lehigh’s Rowing run across the front lawn during winter storm Jonas. The inclement weather called for several cancellations and rescheduled events on campus. (Kelly McCoy/BW Staff)

Winter storm disrupts scheduled campus events


Winter storm Jonas has caused the cancellation and rescheduling of several events on campus until the inclement weather has passed.

A blizzard warning was issued by the National Weather Service from 10 a.m. on Saturday until 3 a.m. on Sunday. Snow accumulation can range from 23 to 30 inches and wind gusts can reach 40 mph, according to The Weather Channel. A snow emergency has been in effect in Bethlehem since 7 a.m. on Saturday, according to mayor Robert Donchez’s Twitter account.

Lehigh Athletics postponed four of the five events scheduled for Saturday, and the last day of formal sorority recruitment has been rescheduled to Monday evening, according to Ellen Weich, president of the Panhellenic Council. The decision to postpone the last round of rush was made due to unsafe conditions for the buses that normally drive potential new members to chapter houses.

Gryphon training was also cancelled, and the MLK committee event featuring Opal Tomertti and Macklemore has been postponed, according to an email from the MLK planning committee. Mass will not be held in Packer Church, and Catholics are “not obligated to attend Mass” this weekend, according to an email from Chaplain Father Hoffa.

Students returning for the spring semester, which begins on Monday, were encouraged to return to campus before the start of the storm to avoid traveling in adverse weather. Residence halls opened a day early at 9 a.m. on Friday and dining options are available on a limited basis, according to an email from the Office of Residential Services.


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