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Snowstorm strands Maryland students in Boston

Billowing snow on the waterfront partially obscured Boston’s skyline.Michael Dwyer/AP

Fifteen college students and their professor from McDaniel College in Maryland are trapped in Boston because of the most recent snowstorm Sunday.

Debora Johnson-Ross and her students came to Harvard University to particpate in a Harvard National Model United Nations simulation. They flew in from Baltimore Wednesday and originally planned to leave Sunday. Johnson-Ross said the group is now hoping to leave by Tuesday night, but a snowy forecast for Baltimore may interfere with their plans.

Some of the students said they are worried about running out of clean clothes, and money for food. Their college is paying for extra hotel nights at the Boston Marriot Copley Place.


Johnson-Ross said the hotel has been helpful, providing the group with free wifi in three of the five rooms they have.

However, some students said they barely have access to email to alert their professors about their situation, said Syed Bilal Ali, a junior. “The wifi is pretty limited,” he said.

“We were supposed to have laundry done today, but we were told they are closed,”Ali said, “It stinks.”

Johnson-Ross said the laundry service at the hotel isn’t operating because today is Presidents’ Day.

“The reality is a lot of these students have traveled a bit,” Johnson-Ross said. “A couple of days of grungy clothing is not going to kill them.”

She said she advised students with dirty clothing to wash their garments in the sink of the hotel rooms. “You have to be a little innovative,” she said.

Cody Knipfer, the head delegate of the group,, said the students are just trying to make the most of their extra time in Boston by exploring the city and venturing outside.

“We are making the best of it,” he said.

Rebecca Fiore can be reached at rebecca.fiore@globe.com.