According to the National Weather Service, the winter storm watch goes into effect Wednesday at 5 p.m. Photo courtesy of the City of Dayton.
Kaitlin Lewis | Online Editor-in-Chief
The University of Dayton will be closed Thursday due to the winter storm expected to reach the Dayton area Wednesday evening.
In an email sent Wednesday, the university announced that all day and evening in-person classes will be cancelled Thursday. Classes that are blended or hybrid can take place remotely only if it is feasible for the faculty to do so.
Any class that was already planned remotely or online will take place as scheduled on Thursday. In addition, any employees that were already scheduled to work remotely will continued to do so.
The following operations on the campus will be open Thursday:
- Public Safety
- The Student Health Center
- Kennedy Union
- Marycrest dining
- Virginia W. Kettering dining
- The Emporium
- Roesch Library will open at 10 a.m.
The Hub at the Arcade and all other food and coffee operations, such as all Kennedy Union dining options, will be closed Thursday, read the email.
UD sent an email Tuesday advising the student body to prepare for a winter storm watch that is hitting the Dayton area this week.
The National Weather Service has issued the watch from Wednesday at 5 p.m. until Friday at 7 a.m. for Montgomery, Butler, Warren, and Green Counties.
Wednesday’s forecast shows 100% chance of rain during the day, with highs around 43. Wednesday evening will bring rain followed by a wintry mix, with lows reaching 23.
Thursday morning will bring sleet and blustery winds followed by a mix of snow and sleet in the afternoon.
NWS predicts that the precipitation Thursday will become all snow after 4 p.m. Low temperatures on Thursday will reach around 14.
Friday morning shows a slight chance of snow, with the weather looking much drier after 8 a.m. Highs will reach around 21.
Total snow accumulations will be between three and six inches with potential for ice accumulations around one tenth of an inch. During the time of the watch, wind gusts could also reach up to 35 mph
How to prepare
In preparation of snow removal, the university recommends students move any cars parked on student neighborhood streets to U Lot, located off of River Park Drive near the Marriott at the University of Dayton.
According to the City of Dayton’s website, snowplows and salt trucks will begin removing snow on residential streets when snow accumulation totals four inches or more.
Students are also advised to prepare for potential power outages. It’s important to make sure devices are fully charged and to have blankets, warm clothing and flashlights on hand.
UD is responsible for clearing all on-campus sidewalks, parking lots and roadways. Houses in the student neighborhood should have access to a snow shovel to clear off steps and walkways from houses to the sidewalk.
If a university-owned house does not have a snow shovel, a work order can be placed here.