Grand Rapids Community College cancelled classes as of 2:30 p.m. today and plans to close the campus at 4 p.m.
GRCC Police Chief Rebecca Whitman and GRCC Facilities are the primary decision makers in deciding whether or not classes will be cancelled at any point in time.
The decision to not cancel classes until 2:30 p.m. for GRCC’s downtown campus was made based upon a few important factors: the road conditions, the sidewalk conditions, the effect of students missing class and the information given to the GRCC police department from state law enforcement about highways and roads that are beyond the Grand Rapids area.
When Whitman and facilities staff were deciding to cancel classes or not, the information they had at the time was not convincing enough to lead them to believe the weather would be severe enough to cancel classes, according to Director of Communications Leah Nixon.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Kent County and the surrounding counties, with an active flood advisory in Ionia County.
The Grand Rapids area can expect another 4 to 6 inches of snow by 1 a.m. March 2. Winds this evening can be expected to reach 20 to 30 mph coming from the north.
The record snowfall for Grand Rapids on this day was set in 2014 at 2.4 inches.