By Jordan Sellergren and Genevieve Trainor
Iowa City residents barely avoided pandemonium as a forecasted blizzard dumped nearly 1.25 inches of snow over the area Thursday afternoon and into the evening.
Residents were not surprised yesterday to receive phone calls, voice mails, text messages and emails from Superintendent Stephen F. Murley at 4:16 p.m., 4:17 p.m., 4:18 p.m. and 4:19 p.m., declaring in advance the closure of all area schools as a measure to keep residents safe from a snowfall that very nearly re-coated sidewalks cleared just days before.
“Our cat would not even go outside this morning,” remarked one area parent. “Even after repeated, elongated meowing near the back door, once he realized the concrete was barely visible beneath yesterday’s snow cover, he turned right back around and came inside.”
A Northside resident and proud owner of a new snowblower said, “I got so excited to use it that I pushed it around the entire block. I thought everyone would be running out cheering for me, bringing me beer, but all I got was one shrug, and a thumbs-up from a kid.”
It isn’t clear whether the thumbs-up was meant to applaud the snowblower’s neighborly gesture or to simply acknowledge that children had won yet another round against the Iowa City Community School District and working parents alike.
We reached out to area students for comment, but they were too busy playing video games to appreciate how narrowly they’d escaped the danger of traveling to school through snow almost above the soles of their sneakers.