Mother Nature has been quick to dispel any notion that with rising global temperatures would come a mild winter season. And it looks like she might be just gearing up.

Long Island has been hit with a barrage of bad weather in recent weeks with back-to-back snow storms and freezing temperatures. At Stony Brook University, there have been three snow days in the last two weeks alone, which some students consider to be both a blessing and a burden.

“I’m glad class was canceled, but I’m tired of having to keep digging out my car,” said senior Rebecca Safeer, a resident of Roosevelt Quad’s Lauterbur Hall. “Last time, I spent an hour out here digging it out of ice. The plows keep trapping me in.”

Rebecca Safeer
Senior Rebecca Safeer, a resident of Roosevelt Quad’s Lauterbur Hall, starts clearing the snow off of her car just as soon as it stops falling on Thursday, February 13, 2014. “I learned my lesson and this time I’ll take the snow off while it’s still soft,” she said. Photo by Sonaiya Kelley.

On Monday, February 3, nearly 10 inches of snow was dumped on parts of Long Island, including Stony Brook, according to the National Weather Service. Conditions were right for the perfect meteorological trifecta: snow, ice, and freezing rain. However, frigid temperatures and mounting snow were not enough to keep some Stony Brook students trapped beneath thick layers.

“I for one hate wearing pants and prefer wearing shorts all of the time,” said Greeshma Johnson, a resident of Roosevelt’s Greeley College. “If I’m not going far I’ll just grab my coat, hat and coffee and run out in shorts.”

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Student Greeshma Johnson braves the elements in little more than shorts and colorful socks at the height of the snowstorm on her way to Keller mail room on Monday, January 3, 2014. Johnson, a self-described pants-hater, says she prefers to wear shorts all the time, even in the dead of winter. Photo by Sonaiya Kelley.

On Thursday February 13, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency for Long Island as a Nor’Easter storm continued to ravage through the state. An estimated foot of snow fell in the area on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

And it seems that the winter weather is not through with us yet. While this season has seen a record-breaking total snowfall of over 54 inches of snow, another round of winter weather is expected to impact the region tomorrow with a predicted snow accumulation of 2 to 5 inches.

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Sandi Law, Jesse Kremen-Hallowell and Vivian Chen build a snow man in the Pit (the lawn between Stimson, Keller and Wagner Colleges) on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Photo by Sonaiya Kelley.
Ed Loza
Edward Loza shovels a walkway by the back entrance of Keller College during the height of the first major snow storm of the semester on Monday, February 3 2014. An estimated 8.7 inches of snow fell on the region that day. Photo by Sonaiya Kelley.
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An aerial view of the path between Lauterbur and Yang Halls on Thursday, February 13 2014, right after the snow stopped falling. An estimated foot of snow fell. Photo by Sonaiya Kelley.

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