By Gavin McDermott
On January 22, winter storm Jonas left Charlotte, NC, with inches of snow along with days of icy conditions. Because of inclement weather, Charlotte Catholic High School’s annual March for Life Trip was cancelled. To the delight of many students, blizzard Jonas also caused the cancellation of school on Friday, January 22, and Monday, January 25.
Although students were not able to attend the March for Life, many still enjoyed the weather. Sophomore Drew Dautel said, “I had such a great time this weekend. The snow storm gave me time to spend with family and friends. It was a nice present after the hard week of exams.”
Blizzard Jonas hit numerous states along the East coast. Washington, D.C. along with other northern areas were greatly affected by the storm. The March for Life, an annual Pro-Life rally hosted in Washington, D.C., was cancelled.
The Charlotte Douglas International airport also adjusted its flight schedule because of the weather. All flights leaving the airport were canceled on Friday.
CCHS students playing in the snow. Photo Credit: Lucy Armour
Unlike last year’s erroneous prediction of 8-10 inches of snow, Charlotte received the forecasted amount. Thursday night, Jonas brought one inch of snow to the region. On Friday morning, students of Charlotte Catholic and residents of the metropolitan were seen frolicking about in the fresh powder. Sophomores Adam Thomas and Brice Mayeux took to the roads, venturing to Carmel Country Club for a sled session. Adam Thomas said, “It was a ghost town, there was no one on the roads at all.” When asked about the road conditions, Adam said, “We may have slipped a couple of times, but overall if you have the proper vehicle it was no big deal.” Adam and Brice added that they both enjoy the mood that a fresh snow brings to the residents of Charlotte.
Sleet and snowfall continued into Friday night leaving another coat of snow and ice. Roads began to clear on Saturday. Throughout the weekend, snow that had melted the prior day re-froze into ice over the night. On Saturday and Sunday night, there were many dangerous patches of ice that causes great hazards around the city. Charlotte Mecklenburg Area Catholic schools decided that for the safety of their students, school must be canceled on Monday. Peter Carter, Sophomore, said that it was completely necessary that school be canceled on Monday. Peter said, “I was driving down the road and a SUV hit a patch of ice and went into the curb. It was completely unsafe for teen drivers at Catholic to have to go to school on Monday.”
Many students found winter storm Jonas as a great present to Mecklenburg County.