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Snow-related closing

The Emergency Management Team sent the following messages to the campus community Jan. 16-17, 2018 - Ed.


January 17, 2018, 2:31 pm

Dear William & Mary community:

The National Weather Service is forecasting the snow that started this morning will continue into the early evening in our area. A total accumulation of up to two inches is expected with freezing temperatures this evening and overnight.

Given this forecast and the likelihood of slippery conditions later today and early tomorrow, the university will close at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon and not reopen until 11 a.m. tomorrow, Jan. 18. The provost has canceled all classes for Wednesday that start at 4 p.m. or later and all classes for Thursday that start before 11 a.m. All evening events Wednesday are also canceled.

Essential personnel should check with their supervisors for reporting times.

Please use caution if you have to be out and walking across campus or traveling tonight or in the morning. University personnel will be working diligently to clear and treat parking lots, pathways and roads. Also, please use cleared entrances and pathways even if they are not the most direct route.

For information on potential schedule changes to dining services options, visit the W&M Dining Facebook page at

Hours of operation for the recreation center and Swem Library will follow the university class schedule, closing at 4 p.m. today and reopening at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

For the latest information on local bus lines, please visit the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority's (WATA) website at or the WATA Facebook page at

If we need to make additional updates to the schedule, they will continue to be communicated through the university's mass notification system. Those updates will also be posted on the W&M News Facebook and Twitter pages — and — and available through local media.

Sam Jones
Chair, Emergency Management Team

Possible Snow Event

January 16, 2018, 5:21 pm

Dear William & Mary community:

The National Weather Service is forecasting the possibility of one to three inches of snow in the Hampton Roads area beginning late morning/early afternoon Wednesday. While we do not expect a significant impact on campus, the Emergency Management Team will continue to follow this event closely and update the campus community should conditions warrant.

Any updates would be sent through the university's mass notification system, RAVE. Local media, as well as the W&M News Facebook and Twitter pages - and - will also be sources for updates.

If you have not yet enrolled in the university's mass notification system, you may do so in Banner.

Sam Jones, Chair
William & Mary Emergency Management Team