As Hurricane Sandy menaces the East Coast, even Knoxville is feeling the effects of the unusual weather.

Yesterday's high was just 50 degrees, and with winds of up to 25 mph, many students were reluctant to brave the elements.

"It makes me want to skip class and stay in my warm bed," said Ashley Williams, a junior in accounting who commutes to class. "Tennessee has bipolar weather."

According to, however, yesterday's cold weather was relatively normal. The temperature for Oct. 29 last year was 44.7 degrees in Knoxville, and in 2008 it was 41.4 degrees, even colder.

Today's high of 47 degrees and low of 37 degrees may deter students from attending class. Even professors dread the time spent outside.

"Teachers don't want to come to class because it's so darned cold," said Deidre Garriott, a graduate teaching associate who teaches in the English department.

Although many students might hope for chill-induced class cancellations, teachers are unlikely to cancel class.

Garriott remembered the hail storm in 2010, a storm that damaged thousands of vehicles but did not deter her from having class. Students managed to make it to class, despite the hail.

"I had pretty much a full house," Garriott said.

The weather may cause some students to consider skipping class, but most say they still make it through the door. Williams made it to all her classes yesterday.

"If I am going to skip, it's because of laziness, not the weather," said Wade Scofield, junior in religious studies.

Caitlin Cook, senior in English, echoed his sentiment. For Cook, the weather is hardly an issue.

"It's not even affecting anything, it's not that cold," she said.