Students leave early to beat holiday snowstorm
Updated: Wednesday, December 4 2013, 09:14 AM EST
JOHNSTOWN, Pa--PennDOT is working around the clock to keep the roads clear, but as those temperatures drop, slick roads and snow could be in the future.
Driving home in these conditions caused panic, especially for some college students trying to get home this Thanksgiving break.
"Everyone left Monday and today skipping classes," Pitt-Johnstown Sophomore Jessica McCallum said.
"Most professors said have a good early break," Pitt-Johnstown freshman Nicole Forstoffer said.
Class was let out early to avoid the snowstorm.
The parking lot at University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown was empty, filled with nothing but puddles and piles of snow.
Students had already hit the road trying to beat the storm.
"A lot of kids left last night because they were afraid if they didn't leave they wouldn't get out, so it's pretty empty," Forstoffer said.
But, Forstoffer is still on campus.
"My parents are going to come get me in this weather, so they are having a bit of a difficult time traveling up the mountain to get here," Forstoffer added.
If her parents didn't come, she would be stranded on Thanksgiving.
The same goes for Jessica McCallum. She is waiting for her parents, hoping it doesn't get worse overnight.
Both students are hoping to soon spend Thanksgiving home with family and friends.
"I don't think anyone wants to stay here for Thanksgiving. Everyone is going home whether it's safe or not," McCallum said.