Seven of the 10 snowiest college campuses across the nation are in the Great Lakes states, according to a list recently released by Accuweather.
Blame that lake effect for making winters in our parts exceptionally snowy. As cold air gusts across the lakes, it meets the warm air rising off the water, creating lots of snow by the time the mixture hits the shore.
Campuses in the region hold the top five and the eighth and ninth slots on Accuweather’s list. They even beat out the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Here are the region’s schools, where they ranked and their average snowfall reported by Accuweather:
9. Cornell University — Ithaca, N.Y.
65 inches of snow per year
8. Western Michigan University — Kalamazoo, Mich.
67 inches of snow per year
5. University of Minnesota Duluth — Duluth, Minn.
86 inches of snow per year
4. University at Buffalo — Buffalo, N.Y.
94 inches of snow per year
3. University of Rochester — Rochester, N.Y.
99 inches of snow per year
2. Syracuse University — Syracuse, N.Y.
124 inches of snow per year
1. Michigan Technological University — Houghton, Mich.
200 inches of snow per year
The nation’s other snowy campuses and their ranks:
10. University of Alaska Fairbanks — Fairbanks, Ala.
62 inches of snow per year
7. Southern New Hampshire University — Hooksett, N.H.
69 inches of snow per year
6. University of Vermont — Burlington, Vt.
81 inches of snow per year