University opens in good spirits

Another day, another try: university buildings are open as of 9 A.M. on Thursday.

The UB opened its doors at 8:30 A.M. and classes resumed at 10. The university made its decision largely based upon public transportation. ‘Buses and trains are running again, but we will be keeping a close eye on the situation’, reads a message on the RUG Twitter account. At the moment, a code red is still in effect in the northern provinces, according to the Dutch weather service, KNMI.

Conditions remain very icy in the area. The weather institute is predicting that a rainy weather front will arrive around 2 P.M. in the region, which could lead to a considerable amount of snow and ice.

‘Dangerous day’

Arriva announced that trains and buses are running on a normal schedule on Thursday. ‘But of course, we will be watching the weather conditions very closely.’ According to RTV Noord weather correspondent Harma Boer, Thursday is shaping up to be ‘a dangerous day for travel’. Boer predicts that conditions will remain slippery throughout the afternoon due to widespread and sudden thawing from the front moving in from the southwest. The warmer temperatures will be accompanied by more sleet. Schermafbeelding 2016-01-07 om 09.39.58

The week on ice

Most students and staff stayed home on Monday and Tuesday due to power issues at the Zernike campus and the majority of university facilities being closed altogether on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the university began the day under a code orange weather alert, but wound up canceling classes after 1 P.M. and closing all buildings at 6 P.M.

Students across the city found creative ways to entertain themselves thanks to the weather. Student Christian organisation CSFR Groningen organized an impromptu curling match on the icy streets.

Wij zijn ijsvrij, dus spelen we een potje bierkratcurling.. Posted by CSFR Groningen – Yir’at ‘Adonay on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ice skating team G.S.S.V. Tjas also took advantage of the wintry conditions for speed skating in the city.

Schaatswedstrijd op straatDe ijzel zorgt voor oponthoud maar ook voor bijzondere momenten. Zo hield studentenschaatsvereniging G.S.S.V. Tjas vandaag een kortebaanwedstrijd op straat! Posted by OOG Radio & Televisie on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Noorderplantsoen area was also covered by sledding students, many of whom skated to the popular park on the slippery sidewalks.

Groningen: as cold as ice Posted by Universiteitskrant Groningen on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Check out the UK’s Facebook page for more videos, photos and tips for how to cope with the cold weather conditions.