The campus community took to social media to express their joy when – at 8:26 a.m. on Wednesday – faculty, students and staff received an email from ACU Police Chief Jimmy Ellison that campus would be closed for the day.
Even faculty took to Twitter to express their excitement.
Dr. Cole Bennett said, “Ok, a snow day… no school. How productive I can be!!!
*checks listings for Law & Order marathon*”
Students who still went to their 8 a.m. classes were slightly less thrilled.
“I kept checking my email before I left my house to see if class was canceled, but I hadn’t received a notification, so I went to my class,” said Savannah Buchanan, senior psychology major from San Antonio.
According to the email, the road conditions were still passable until between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., when conditions suddenly worsened and the decision was finally made to cancel classes.
Certain facilities, like The Bean, the Brown Library and the Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center, were open on abbreviated schedules.
“This snow makes me want to sing praises to Jesus,” tweeted Mark Roberts, senior psychology major from Covington, Louisiana.
The last time campus had snow days was in February of 2015. Classes on Feb. 23 and 24 were both canceled, and the two days after had delayed starts.
During that week, ACUPD reported 28 ice-related auto accidents.
All universities across Abilene were closed, and Abilene ISD was the last to close.