After barreling its way up the East Coast, a snowstorm slammed the Boston area on Sunday night, producing blizzard conditions and closing the Institute to all non-essential personnel on Monday. The storm dumped up to 18 inches of snow in some parts of Eastern Massachusetts, and gusts were recorded up to 60 mph, according to the Boston Globe.
Throughout the day on Monday, plows worked to clear roads and walkways around MIT, though strong winds continued to blow loose snow. But those winds may have taken a greater toll than the snow itself. The vehicle gate between the East Campus Courtyard and Ames St. was nearly torn completely off by its hinge. And on Vassar St., a knocked-down traffic sign lay buried in the snow near Simmons.
Still, not everything ground to a halt. Some braved the winds on Monday to enjoy the snow in Killian Court.
The Institute will reopen at 11 p.m. on Monday for all third-shift employees.