Get Ready for Winter

Use a systematic approach and checklist to determine when to cancel classes and close campus.

Get Ready for Winter


Using checklists based on NWS warning levels and criteria for base closures and cancellations provides a systematic approach to making critical decisions during difficult and often convoluted situations. Such checklists and criteria are also important to help you remember key lessons learned from previous years and storms that could easily be forgotten when not an everyday (or as in the south, every year) event.

Baseline Criteria May Include:

  • Current
  • 12-24 Hour Forecast
  • For Road Surface Melt: Temperatures, Wind, Sunlight
  • Type of and Amount of Precipitation: Rain, Snow, Sleet or Freezing Rain
  • Advisories, Watches and Warnings

Campus Conditions

  • Roads
  • Sidewalks
  • Parking Lots
  • Building Entrances

Off Campus Road Conditions

  • Surrounding City Streets
  • Adjacent Counties
  • Neighborhoods
  • Interstate Highways

Other Considerations

  • Food Supply in Residence Hall Dining Areas
  • Power
  • Snow Removal Equipment
  • Ice Melt Available
  • Staff
  • Timing
  • Beginning of the semester
  • Final Exams
  • Public Transportation
  • Snow/Ice Mitigation Efforts Other Jurisdictions

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