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Old Man Winter hangs on, LSSU postpones annual Snowman Burning

Posted: March 19th, 2013

LSSU 2012 Snowman Burning . . . what a difference a year makes!

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Wintry weather in the forecast for the first day of spring and beyond in the Eastern Upper Peninsula has forced Lake Superior State University to postpone its annual Snowman Burning until noon on Friday, March 22.

The event was to be held at noon on Wednesday, March 20, which is the first day of spring, but the forecast calls for strong northwest winds and snow for Wednesday and Thursday. Friday's weather looks more promising.

The event has been postponed only a few times since it was started in 1971 by former LSSU Public Relations Director Bill Rabe. Annually held on the first day of spring, or close to it, the burning has been a welcome addition to Sault Ste. Marie and the EUP every year, but it has been anticipated greatly this year after a winter that was severe even by UP standards. The region has received approximately 20 inches more snow than it usually gets by the first day of spring. On the first day of spring in 2012, students and community members watched the snowman burning in their shirtsleeves and light jackets.

The public is welcome when LSSU and the EUP finally break free of Old Man Winter's grasp at noon on Friday, March 22, on the north side of the Walker Cisler Center. -LSSU-

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