William & Mary

January weather updates

Sam Jones, chair of the emergency management team, sent the following messages to the campus community in January - Ed.

Weather Delay

January 24, 2016, 3:52 pm

Dear William & Mary community:

Due to icy conditions on roads and pathways, the university will open at noon on Monday, January 25. The Provost has cancelled all classes for Monday that start before noon. Essential personnel should check with their supervisor for reporting times, and all facilities maintenance staff should report at their normal time.

Please continue to use caution when walking across campus or traveling tonight and in the morning. Freezing temperatures are forecast and there may be icy areas on sidewalks and roadways. University personnel are working diligently to clear and salt these areas. Please use cleared entrances and pathways even if they are not the most direct route.

We ask that faculty and staff not arrive to campus early Monday morning in order to give university personnel time to clear and treat parking lots, pathways and roads.

As you know, dining services is operating on a modified schedule. Sadler and Commons will close at 8 p.m. tonight and there are no late night hours at Sadler Sunday evening. On Monday, Commons, Sadler, Marketplace, Cosi and Student X-change will open at 9 am. Retail dining locations in the School of Business, School of Education and School of Law will open at noon, Monday. Schedules continue to be posted at http://dining.wm.edu.

Hours of operation for the recreation center and Swem Library will follow the university class schedule opening at noon tomorrow.

For the latest information on local bus lines, please call the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority's (WATA) weather line at 757-220-5493 and press option 1, or visit
http://bustime.gowata.org/bustime/home.jsp.

If we need to make additional updates to the schedule, they will continue to be communicated through the university's mass notification system. Local media, as well as the W&M News Facebook and Twitter pages - http://www.facebook.com/wmnews and http://www.twitter.com/WMNews - will also be sources for updates.

Stay safe.

Sam Jones
Chair, Emergency Management Team

University Open Saturday

January 23, 2016, 7:38 am

William & Mary is open on Saturday and classes will resume a normal schedule.

Weather Closure

January 22, 2016, 12:36 pm

Dear William & Mary community:

Due to current weather conditions, William & Mary will close at 2 p.m. Friday, January 22. The Provost has cancelled all classes while the university is closed on Friday. Saturday classes will be held on a normal schedule. Essential personnel should check with their supervisor.

Weather forecast models continue to predict 1 to 4 inches of snow accumulation for the Greater Williamsburg Area before the precipitation turns to rain Friday evening.
Residence halls will remain open. Dining services will be operating on a modified schedule. Sadler and Commons will close at 8 p.m. tonight. On Saturday, Commons and Sadler will be open from 9 a.m. ? 2 p.m. for brunch and 4:30 ? 8 p.m. for dinner. Student X-change, Cosi and Tribe Market will be open regular hours on Friday and Saturday. If additional changes in the dining schedules are necessary, modified schedules will be posted at http://dining.wm.edu.

Hours of operation for the recreation center and Swem Library will be modified for Friday afternoon/evening. They will be as follows:

- Student Recreation Center: The recreation center will close at 2 p.m. on Friday. Any change in weekend hours will be posted at http://www.wm.edu/offices/wellness/campusrec/reccenter and available at 757.221.3310.

- Swem Library: The library will close at 8 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday it will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. If additional changes are necessary, including hours for Sunday, they will be posted at https://swem.wm.edu .

The W&M women's basketball game tonight against UNC-Wilmington will take place as scheduled at 7 p.m. in Kaplan Arena at William & Mary Hall. For any other events or activities, please contact organizers to see if there are changes due to weather.
For the latest information on local bus lines, please call the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority's (WATA) weather line at 757-220-5493 and press option 1.

Please continue to use caution when walking across campus or traveling tonight and this weekend. University staff will be working diligently to clear sidewalks, parking lots and steps, but there could be some icy spots. Restoration of walkways and roads is prioritized to clear main roads, fire access lanes, main and wheelchair building entrances, and paths to residence halls and dining facilities. The second priority is entrances and paths for academic and administrative buildings. Please use cleared entrances and pathways even if they are not the most direct route.

If additional weather updates are necessary, they will continue to be communicated through the university's mass notification system. Local media, as well as the W&M News Facebook and Twitter pages - http://www.facebook.com/wmnews and http://www.twitter.com/WMNews - will also be sources for updates.

Stay safe.

Sam Jones
Chair, Emergency Management Team

Weather update

January 21, 2016, 4:17 pm

Dear William & Mary community,
The Emergency Management Team continues to monitor weather conditions associated with the winter storm expected to impact Virginia this weekend. At this time, the university continues to operate on a normal schedule.

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service indicates potential of 1-4 inches of snow and rain Friday through Sunday morning. The forecast is calling for precipitation to begin falling in the Williamsburg area Friday morning, though warmer coastal air is expected to limit snow totals. Much higher precipitation totals are anticipated for areas west of Williamsburg and near Richmond.

Emergency Management, Public Safety and other administrative offices at the university continue to prepare campus for the storm. At this time, we do not anticipate cancelling classes Friday or activities this weekend. If the weather takes an unexpected turn, updates will be sent through the university’s mass notification system.

While we expect the storm’s impact to our campus to be minimal, please use caution when traveling outside. Staff will be working hard to clear sidewalks and parking lots as necessary.

If changes to the university’s schedule are necessary, that information will also be posted at http://www.wm.edu and students, faculty and staff should monitor campus email, local media and the W&M News Facebook and Twitter pages at http://www.facebook.com/wmnews and http://www.twitter.com/WMNews.

Stay safe.

Sam Jones, Chair
William & Mary Emergency Management Team

Possible Weather Event

January 20, 2016, 3:44 pm

Dear William & Mary community:

The National Weather Service is currently indicating the potential for some mix of snow, sleet and rain for Virginia, including the Greater Williamsburg area, from later today through Sunday, January 24. The current forecast calls for a possible dusting of snow tonight with little impact to our area. A more significant storm is expected to move through the region Friday and continue through the weekend. The exact timing and mix of precipitation remains uncertain.

At this time, there are no plans to close the university or have a delayed opening. William & Mary Emergency Management, public safety and other administrative personnel continue to monitor weather conditions. As additional updates are necessary, we will communicate those through the emergency notification system, local media, and the university's website at http://www.wm.edu. In the interim, various offices (Facilities Management, Residence Life, W&M Police, etc.) are preparing should the weather take a turn for the worse.

Please take care as you move around the campus and city.

Sam Jones, Chair
W&M Emergency Management Team