Students Struggle Through Icy Commute


By Jeffrey Lerman

Snowstorm Juno

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Lerman

Students traveling to school questioned whether their classes would be canceled on Jan. 26. Consistently checking radio stations, websites, and having their phones at the ready to see if that notification would pop up. The snowstorm of Jan. 2015 brought with it over 20 inches that led to two days of school canceled.

“This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said before the winter storm Juno hit.

How is commuting to school days after a major snowstorm hits Long Island bringing over 20 inches of snow? Students that came back to school for classes on Thursday, Jan. 29, still had to cope with the struggles of getting to school. Students taking the Suffolk County Transit had more to worry about than paying $1.25. As everyone knows, plows clear the roads of snow but more often than not, push everything off to the side rather than getting rid of it. This might make it easier for those traveling the roads, but not quite for those taking public transportation.

A bus stop on Middle Country Road among many was completely filled in by snow. On top of this, the plows have mostly covered bicycle lanes leading to people having to stand far out in the road. This is a hazard alone that goes past standing on the curb when that is not even a possibility. Outside of people waiting for the bus, anyone that may have been walking to school or riding on their bicycle were at even bigger risk.

The snow only makes it tougher for students to stay warm and get to school on time with buses arriving late. At the end of the day, the student is the one that suffers in their education when there are factors out of their hands. A clean road is not necessarily a safe one, especially when it includes Middle Country Road.

For student drivers attempting to get to school, the roads were clear for the most part. College student Jereme Reid was able to take the Long Island Expressway without having too much trouble getting to school, “All roads by Thursday were pretty good. All the mess was cleaned up by the time I really had to go out and driving the LIE was smooth sailing.” –

As the storm has passed, college students now have to encounter yet another storm that meteorologists believe won’t be quite as significant. Bruce Terry, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service noted to the New York Times that this will be a “modest snowstorm.” This storm however will raise the danger for drivers as the roads are predicted to be icy.

Between relying on the college knowing when to shutdown and the state of New York, getting to school can be an obstacle in getting that associate degree. This storm shows that 250,000 tons of salt and 1,800 plows prepared for inclement weather can make sure the roads stay clean. Whereas those taking the public transit might have a harder time getting to school.

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