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The Lookout | May 27, 2020

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Weather prevents normal function

Weather prevents normal function
The Lookout

Aaron Wilton
Staff Writer

Closings, cancellations and shutdowns were announced all across the greater Lansing area Feb. 24 and 25.

Early on Wednesday, Feb. 24, a massive snowstorm hit Michigan. The snow finally stopped falling around noon on Feb. 25.

LCC closed its campuses at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 due to heavy snowfall predictions and a Lansing winter weather emergency being declared.

LCC also closed all campuses on Thursday, Feb. 25 as the snow did not let up through the night.

According to the National Weather Service, Lansing matched the daily record for snowfall on Feb. 24 with seven inches. The record was set in 1881.

LCC Director of Police William French said the decision to close on Feb. 25 came around 4 a.m. during a conference call.

“We have an Emergency Management Team that was in contact with the National Weather Service,” French said. “They were also in contact with Lansing’s emergency management and the State Police emergency management.

“We used our RAVE Alert System to alert the students at 4:30 a.m.”

French talked about the factors, other than weather, that influenced LCC’s decision to close.

“All of the public schools had closed, the city of Lansing had declared a snow emergency and they (city offices) had closed,” he said.

“The State of Michigan had closed … Our snow people were here all night trying to get it clean and every time they cleaned a (parking) lot it blew shut.”

French offered an explanation as to why this particular storm caused closings while others do not.

“It was when the storm came and how long it lasted,” he said. “I mean, it basically lasted for over 24 hours.”

French said the RAVE Alert System worked well for the situation.

“Our communication worked very well,” he said. “I think we’ve had (only) like three people show up that didn’t know.”


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