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College Cancels Classes for First Time in 23 Years

 College at Brockport Closed 23 Years

As the winter of 2014 seems to never end, yet another snow storm is lining its route through New York State in early March. Within hours, the blizzard dumped nearly 10 inches of snow on millions of upstate New Yorkers, including the beautiful College at Brockport in Brockport, NY. And with few options available, the storm has forced the College to do something it hasn’t done since 1991: cancel classes for an entire day.

As you can probably guess, students at the College at Brockport




The rarity of snow days for the College at Brockport can be for a number of reasons, including the College’s industrious snow-removal program. Or, one can assume it’s just bad luck. But chances are that students won’t be seeing many more snow days in the future. SUNY researchers are working to improve meteorologists’ lake effect snowfall forecasts and are focusing on the region around the Great Lakes (Western New York). The studies are a perfect fit for Governor Cuomo’s plan to implement state-of-the-art weather detection systems throughout New York in order to meet New York’s special challenges in protecting its critical systems and infrastructure.

For those at Brockport and neighboring communities, tune into the Twitter accounts of these meteorologists (and SUNY alumni) who are tracking the storm:

Chief meteorologist of WHAM-TV and Brockport alumnus Glenn Johnson tweeted:


And his colleague, meteorologist Marty Snyder (SUNY Oneonta alum), tweeted:


Of course, for more closings and delays in Western New York, Dave Longley, WSYR-TV meteorologist and SUNY Oswego alumnus, has all the updates:


But for now, we’ll have to grasp the fact that The College at Brockport is closed for an entire day–and then tell our children and grandchildren about the winter of 2014.

For more updates on SUNY cancellations, click here.


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  • Tricia Latona-Filippello says:

    I was there in 1991 when they closed for one day for the ice storm. The following day when we had to go back to classes we had to step over power lines to get there but classes were not cancelled again.

  • zdroberts says:

    Do they have no off campus students at all? Or do they just not care for those students lives? I know Brockport has had storms of equal magnitude sometime in the past 20 years.

  • Rachel Goer says:

    Excuse me, but your data is incorrect. March 4, 1999.

    • Dominic Frigosi says:

      You are absolutely correct Rachel. I know because I was there and remember school closing very clearly. This blogger would fit right in with today’s journalists…no fact checking, incorrect reporting, and then refusing to correct the record once the real facts have been presented.

  • Bob says:

    Sorry everyone, I meant 2000.

  • Bob says:

    This is not accurate because they cancelled classes when I was there in 2002. Full day.

  • Kathy Fuierer says:

    School was cancelled for a day when I attended Brockport also … although that was in the 80’s. Very rare for them to close! Hope the students enjoy the day off!

  • Nice report. We are watching the storm from Albany, New York! SUNY Albany meteorology alum here. Class of 2007. Twitter: @upstatenywx

    • Vicki Catapano says:

      Reminds me of the blizzard of ’77 when I was there, have fun and stay safe!!


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