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Feb. 19: Prepare for dangerously cold temperatures

February 19, 2015

Record cold temperatures are predicted today and Friday morning with expected temperatures to range from zero to 5 degrees below zero.  Associated wind chills could reach minus 15 to minus 25 degrees. Frostbite can occur within 30 minutes at those temperatures. The National Weather Service is predicting additional snow on Saturday. Watch the Virginia Tech News website for the latest announcements on how conditions are affecting university operations.

Report slippery conditions

  • Blowing snow and freezing temperatures are creating slippery spots on roads and sidewalks despite the efforts of Facilities Services staff. Please report problem areas to the Facilities Services Customer Service Center at 540-231-4300.
  • Also, freezing temperatures often lead to broken water pipes in campus buildings. Please report any suspected breaks.

Cold weather tips to keep you safe and protect your home or apartment.

  • If you go outside wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear gloves or mittens and snow boots. Wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears. Covering your mouth with a scarf or your hand can help protect your lungs.
  • Keep pipes from freezing inside your home or apartment by allowing faucets to drip.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from flammable objects and refuel outside.
  • Check on others who might not be able to care for themselves.
  • While outside, check on others for signs of frostbite or hypothermia.

For more tips and information visit the Office of Emergency Management winter weather guide.

Feb. 18: Winter weather continues to impact university; prepare for extreme cold temperatures

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 18, 2015 – Bitterly cold temperatures are expected through Friday for much of Virginia, following Monday's winter storm that covered much of the state in snow and prompted Governor Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency. Visit the Virginia Tech News website for the latest announcements on how conditions are affecting university operations.

1:25 p.m. update: The Richmond Center is closing at 5 p.m. today. All evening classes are canceled.

12:40 p.m. update: The following was taken from an email sent to the Blacksburg campus:

Extremely cold temperatures are predicted to affect the Blacksburg area beginning this afternoon and lasting through Friday. Also, an additional 1-3 inches of snow is expected this afternoon, and it might fall at a very intense rate with strong wind gusts. Lightning and thunder snow is also possible during this period.

Record cold is expected Thursday and Friday morning with expected temperatures to range from zero to 5 degrees below zero.  Associated wind chills could reach minus 15 to minus 25 degrees. Frostbite can occur within 30 minutes at those temperatures.

Here are some simple cold weather tips to keep you safe and protect your home or apartment.

  • If you go outside wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear gloves or mittens and snow boots. Wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears. Covering your mouth with a scarf or your hand can help protect your lungs.
  • Keep pipes from freezing inside your home or apartment by allowing faucets to drip.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from flammable objects and refuel outside.
  • Check on others who might not be able to care for themselves.
  • While outside, check on others for signs of frostbite or hypothermia.

For more tips and information visit the Office of Emergency Management winter weather guide.

 

11 a.m. update: The Hampton Roads Center is closed today. All classes are canceled.

10:35 a.m. update: Reynolds Homestead is closed today. All classes are canceled.

 

Feb. 17: Blacksburg campus opens at noon Tuesday; several other locations closed due to winter storm

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 17, 2015 – Snow blanketed much of Virginia Monday, prompting Governor Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency. In addition, bitterly cold temperatures will persist through the rest of the week. Visit the Virginia Tech News website for the latest announcements on how conditions are affecting university operations.

1 p.m. update: The latest from university dining services: Au Bon Pain at Graduate Life Center opened at noon; Au Bon Pain and Burger ’37 at Squires Student Center opened at noon; Turner Place opened at 11 a.m. and is operating in select venues throughout business hours today; D2, Deet’s Place and DXpress all opened at 7 a.m. and are operating with normal hours; Au Bon Pain at Goodwin Hall is closed today; Vet Med Café is closed today; Dunkin Donuts at Owens Hall opened at 7:30 a.m.; Hokie Grill is open and operating with normal hours; Owens Food Court at Owens Hall is open and operating with normal hours; West End Market is open and operating with normal hours. Current dining center hours.

12:35 p.m. update: The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg is closed today.  Emergency services are available as usual. The Hampton Roads Center is closed today. All classes are canceled.

7:40 a.m. update: Blacksburg Transit service begins at 11:30 a.m. today.

10:20 p.m. update: The Virginia Tech National Capital Region is closed Tuesday. All classes are canceled.

9:45 p.m. update: The Blacksburg campus will open at noon Tuesday. Morning classes have been canceled. Classes beginning at 12:30 p.m. or thereafter will be held as scheduled. University staff designated "emergency personnel" must report as instructed by their supervisor.

9 p.m. update: Reynolds Homestead is closed Tuesday. All classes are canceled.

8:30 p.m. update: The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is closed Tuesday. All classes are canceled. The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute will open at noon.

7:55 p.m. update: The Roanoke Center is closed Tuesday. All classes are canceled.

7:30 p.m. update: The Richmond Center is closed Tuesday. All classes are canceled.

For Blacksburg campus students

Blacksburg Transit

Smart Way Bus

  • The winter weather is affecting Smart Way Bus service. Visit the Smart Way Bus website for updated information.

Feb. 16: Blacksburg campus closes at 12:30 p.m. due to winter weather; other operations also affected

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 16, 2015  – Winter weather is affecting much of Virginia and is expected to continue into Tuesday. In addition, bitterly cold temperatures will persist through the rest of the week. Visit the Virginia Tech News website for the latest announcements should conditions affect university operations.

6:30 p.m. update: Recreational Sports will close both McComas Hall and War Memorial Hall tonight at 8 p.m.

1:55 p.m. update: The Virginia Tech National Capital Region will close at 7 p.m. tonight. All classes with a start time of 7 p.m. or later are canceled.

11:40 a.m. update: The Graduate Life Center at Donaldson-Brown and the G. Burke Johnston Student Center will close at 12:30 p.m. Squires Student Center will remain open until 8 p.m. 

11:15 a.m. update: Au Bon Pain at Goodwin Hall and the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson-Brown are closing at noon. Turner Place at Lavery Hall is closing at 2 p.m. All other dining centers are operating as normal. 

10:55 a.m. update: A snow emergency has been declared effective 2 p.m. today. Parking restrictions will be in effect.

10:40 a.m. update: Classes on the Blacksburg campus are cancelled beginning at noon today, February 16. Campus offices to close at 12:30 p.m. All university events scheduled this evening have been canceled. University staff designated "emergency personnel" must report as instructed by their supervisor.

10:20 a.m. update: Classes at the Roanoke Center are canceled for the rest of the day.

9:45 a.m. update: Classes at the Reynolds Homestead are canceled for the rest of the day.

8:30 a.m. update: The Child Development Center and Learning Laboratory in Wallace Hall will close at 10 a.m. today, Monday, Feb. 16.

For Blacksburg campus students

Blacksburg Transit

  • Blacksburg Transit will cease all service in Blacksburg and Christiansburg at 5 p.m. today. Normal full service will operate until 2 p.m. After 2 p.m. service will transition to half hour service in Blacksburg. Commuter routes with service back to Christiansburg will begin at 12:30 p.m. today. 
  • Visit the Blacksburg Transit website for the latest information on weather impacts to bus service.

Smart Way Bus

  • The winter weather is affecting Smart Way Bus service. Visit the Smart Way Bus website for updated information. 

Learn more about the university's authorized closing policy and the winter weather traffic and parking emergency procedures.

Visit the Office of Emergency Management website to learn more about keeping safe during winter storms.

Related Links

  • Information on authorized closings and designation of emergency personnel
  • Extremely cold temperatures expected: Stay safe

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