BOONE, N.C. -- Students at Appalachian State University enjoyed a rare treat on Tuesday after classes were canceled due to snow.
"Its been really, really fun. I have never seen snow in October before... especially anytime before Halloween," said Taylor Cartner, an Appalachian State University student.
University officials say with more than 60% of students and staff living off campus, travel to and from the school wouldn't have been safe in the blustering snowy conditions.
"There is a lot of people sledding, snowball fighting, riding around in their trucks" said Ethan Johnson, another student.
School officials say they don't remember a time when winter weather has canceled classes this early in the school year. The last time a full day of classes was canceled because of snow was back in 2010.
State transportation officials also closed the Blue Ridge Parkway on Tuesday which another rarity due to winter weather in October.