Officials Monitoring Forecast for Snow

Winter weather advisory issued until 10 p.m. Tuesday

[Updated: Feb. 24, 2015: 7:30 p.m.]

The Severe Weather Policy will be in effect from 7-10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. More information and future updates will be posted on the DukeALERT website.

[Updated: Feb. 24, 2015: 11:30 a.m.]

Duke University and Duke University Health System plan to continue normal operations, including classes, throughout the remainder of Tuesday. Snow is expected to move east of the Triangle by mid afternoon, and projections for accumulation remain about 1 inch. Roads and walkways will likely continue to be slippery due to below freezing temperatures. Crews have been treating roads, parking lots and walkways with brine or ice melt since early morning. All primary roads on campus have been treated, and crews continue to address problems areas as needed. Any problem areas should be reported to Facilities (University) or Engineering & Operations (Medical Center). Plows generally are not effective until accumulations reach 2 to 3 inches, so some icy patches may exist on campus. Faculty and staff should use priority snow/ice clearing routes to travel to and from campus buildings during winter weather since normal routes may not be cleared or treated initially.Individuals should use caution when traveling and allow extra time to reach their destinations. Managers are encouraged to be flexible with staffing to allow employees to leave early if possible due to longer travel times. Buses continue to operate on a normal schedule. Individuals can monitor the real-time tracking of buses on the TransLoc website. The tops of parking garages are currently closed due to slippery conditions. The Samuel Dubois Cook Society Dinner, which was rescheduled from last week, is expected to be held tonight at the Washington Duke Inn as planned. Please consult with organizers for the status of other events. Additional updates will be posted on Duke Today as conditions warrant.  

[Updated: Feb. 24, 2015: 10 a.m.]

The National Weather Service expects snow in the Triangle to end by early afternoon. Accumulation is expected to be about 1 inch across the area.

Roads with a light coating of snow will likely be slick, especially when there is heavy traffic on roadways. Motorists are urged to use caution and allow extra time for travel.

Officials expect to remain on a normal schedule Tuesday. Updates will be posted as conditions warrant.

[Update: Feb. 24, 2015: 9:15 a.m.]

While snow will continue off and on throughout the day, only small amounts of accumulation are expected. Road conditions remain in fair condition since snow began this morning. Commuters are encouraged to use caution while traveling on and around campus. Officials expect to remain on a normal schedule Tuesday. Updates will be posted as conditions warrant.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the central piedmont and northern coastal plains of North Carolina until 10 p.m. Tuesday. Forecasts indicate that snow should begin speading across the advisory area in the morning and continue through the day with about 1 to 2 inches of accumulation through early evening.

Officials are monitoring forecasts and at this time plan to operate on a normal schedule with no changes in classes. Updates will be made as conditions warrant.

Given the chance of severe weather, employees are encouraged to review Duke's severe weather and emergency conditions policy to ensure understanding of roles and responsibilities if the policy is activated.

During times of severe weather, some staff positions require on-site presence to continue operations. To ensure continuous operations of patient care, student support and research functions, managers should assign all jobs to one of three service categories:

  • Essential Service: During severe weather or emergency conditions, essential service staff report or remain at work.  Transportation service and childcare services may be provided for those required to work during severe weather or emergency conditions.
  • Reserve Service: During severe weather or emergency conditions, these staff are assigned a status at the time of the event.
  • Delayed Service: During severe weather or emergency conditions, these staff do not report to or remain at work.

More information about the policy, including a map of priorities for clearing roads, lots and sidewalks, checklists and answers to frequently asked questions, is available at the DukeALERT emergency website.