By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
The Siberian Express cold spell is bringing record-setting low temperatures to Chicago and is putting a chill on normal activities at Loyola University Chicago.
The thermometer dipped to a record minus 16 degrees at 9 a.m. Monday, with strong winds creating wind chills of between minus 30 and minus 50 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago.
Loyola told instructors teaching J-Term, or January classes, that they could conduct class online Monday to save students from having to go out in the cold. Loyola also said it was only staffing essential services Monday.
The Loyola Ramblers men’s and women’s basketball teams fortunately are not scheduled to play again until later this week. When the men’s team takes the court again Wednesday at home against Southern Illinois, temperatures are expected to climb to 20 degrees, according to the weather service.
The men’s basketball team didn’t let Sunday’s snow storm get in the way of their 89-57 blitz of Missouri State, marking the Ramblers’ first Missouri Valley victory.