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Extreme cold leads to unique cancellations at UW-La Crosse

La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – UW-La Crosse students have officially been back since Monday, but they haven’t had many classes yet.

A snowstorm Monday and subsequent dangerous cold temps forced UWL to cancel classes part of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, a first for the university.

“I don’t think the university has ever closed on account of cold temperatures,” UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow said. “I can remember two occasions in my time where we did because of snow storms but this is really unusual.”

UWL campus has at least 3,300 students living there currently. Security, food service and other personnel were still able to brave the cold temperature over the past three days, but Gow said that class time is something they can’t get back.

“You know we’re not like the K-12 schools where we have the ability to add days at the end of the semester to make up for snow days or cold days,” he said. “So we really do lose some of that valuable class time. Hopefully that’s not going to be too disruptive.”

Chancellor Gow fully expects classes to resume Friday.

Sam Shilts

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