Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The screeching noise of milk warming on the espresso machine in Binghamton University's library cafe was as alluring as a siren's song.
Students flocked to the Jazzman's Cafe and Bakery for anything from hot coffee to hot chocolate -- really, just anything hot.
Cafe employee William Gonzalez said he sees more students looking for something warm when the temperatures drop.
"A very big demand, we sell a lot of caramel lattes, caramel delights," Gonzalez said.
Cafes, not classrooms, were the hotspots on this brutally cold first day of the spring semester.
"We normally start getting busy around 9:30-ish," Gonzalez said. "And then it stays busy through lunch."
For sophomores Dina Rehanian and Justin Hayet returning from a warmer climate, the temperatures were a shock.
"I come from Jersey and it's cold," Rehanian said, "But this is not like that at all. It's way too cold."
"I'm originally from Puerto Rico," Hayet said. "So it's really cold, it's a big difference."
Abdulahi Osman, a sophomore, said he couldn't keep up with the changing forecast.
"It's been crazy. The snow keeps hitting my face. I woke up earlier there was no snow," Osman said. "I took a nap, and it was crazy outside."
Wrapping his neck in a bright USA scarf, he knows being prepared is key.
"I just bought this scarf last week because I knew I was going to need it," Osman said. "I lost my gloves, that's a casualty I'll have to face."
While some tried to brace for the cold, others avoided it.
Some, like SUNY Broome student Fateema Dykes, just accepts it.
"I kind of like the cold. I'm not too much of a heat person," Dykes said. "I like the cold. I don't like the snow, snow's bad."
The dreaded Polar Vortex returns Wednesday, and that will mean students will have to stay bundled up for the near future.
No sign of spring yet for the spring semester.