The University of Connecticut cancelled all classes starting after 3:30 p.m. on all campuses on Thursday.
The cancellation came after forecasts of inclement weather that began on Thursday afternoon and continued into Thursday night.
The university has thousands of people coming and going around 3:30, including staff members leaving for the day, commuters and faculty arriving for late class and students walking around campus, according to University Spokesperson Stephanie Reitz.
“Cancelling classes after 3:30 p.m. will help minimize vehicle and pedestrian traffic at that otherwise busy time, allowing UConn’s crews to clear the roads and sidewalks more quickly and safely,” Reitz said.
All non-essential employees will be dismissed at that time, and essential employees are to report as normal, according to a UConnALERT.
Rebecca Smith, a third semester physiology and neurobiology major, gets to leave campus even earlier than she was planning due to the class cancellations.
“I was going to go home for break tonight but now I get to leave campus before the weather gets bad,” Smith said. “This is great!”
Ashley Anglisano is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.