Officials Watching Winter Weather System This Weekend

A wintry mix will be ongoing across much of North Carolina by early Sunday

View of U.S. Atlantic Coast on Jan. 13, 2022. Photo courtesy of NOAA GOES Image Viewer.

Update: 6:33 p.m. Jan. 15, 2022

Due to the forecast of snow and ice accumulation on Sunday, Duke University and Duke University Health System will activate the severe weather and emergency conditions policy from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16.

All future updates will be posted on the DukeALERT website. Community members are encouraged to check that site, as well as the Campus Services Updates web page for additional updates on parking lots, busing routes, dining facilities, and stores.

Update: Noon, Jan. 15, 2022

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for western Triangle counties, including Durham and Orange, through Sunday night. Wake County remains under a winter storm watch.

The latest forecasts suggest Durham will receive 1-2 inches of snow accumulation in addition to some ice. Precipitation is expected to begin in the early morning hours on Sunday as sleet or freezing rain before turning to snow later in the morning. Wind gusts of 20-30 mph are also expected in the afternoon, which could lead to downed trees. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing later during the day.

Roads, Sidewalks and Entrances

Crews have pre-treated most roads, sidewalks, and entrances to buildings and parking facilities for campus and medical center. Crews will be positioned at 6 a.m. Sunday to address clearing of roads and building entrances, as needed.

Parking and Transit

The roofs of parking garages were closed last night in anticipation of winter weather and will remain closed until after the event when icing is not an issue.

Parking garages near the medical center are operating on weekend schedule through Monday, due to the MKL Holiday. Medical center staff are encouraged to use the parking garages during winter weather to avoid slips and falls and allow crews to clear parking lots.

The C-1 Bus and the Swift Shuttle are schedule to operate on a normal schedule, but passengers should monitor Duke Transloc for any potential delays due to hazardous driving conditions.

COVID Test Sites

Facilities has pretreated the area for the main Duke Health COVID test site on Moreene Road and will handle any necessary clearing once precipitation begins. The university surveillance testing sites for students, faculty and staff are open as scheduled this weekend and Monday. See the Duke United website for the full schedule.

Downed Trees and Power Outages

Wind gusts of 20-30 mph are expected Sunday afternoon, which could lead to downed trees, fallen limbs and power outages. While most of Duke’s electric lines on campus are underground, there are some houses on Central Campus where lines are above ground.

  • In the event of any downed trees or power lines, contact Duke Police at 919-684-2444.
  • For any power outages for Duke facilities on or off campus, please call Facilities Management customer service 919-684-2122.


The MLK keynote in Duke Chapel has been moved to a virtual-only event due to potential impact from winter weather on Sunday. Find more details and a link to the event, visit

Update: 8:27 a.m. Jan. 14, 2022

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from late Saturday night through Sunday evening. The forecast calls for possible snow accumulations of up to two inches and ice accumulations of up to three tenths of an inch for portions of central North Carolina.

Additional updates will be posted here as needed. Follow Working@Duke on Twitter for real-time updates as conditions warrant.

Jan. 13, 2022

Duke officials are monitoring a storm system that is expected to bring multiple types of wintry precipitation to portions of central North Carolina on Saturday night through early Monday.

According to the National Weather Service, there's a chance of snow mainly after 1 a.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, snow is expected before 1 p.m., then rain, snow, and freezing rain. Monday's forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 43 degrees.

Duke crews are pre-treating and applying brine to campus streets and outdoor stairways. Facilities staff and contractors will be ready to respond Saturday through Monday.

Staff and faculty are encouraged to review Duke's severe weather and emergency conditions policy.

During times of severe weather, some staff positions require on-site presence to continue operations. All jobs should be assigned a service category by the manager to ensure continuous operations of patient care, student support and research functions. Managers should ensure staff members are aware of the service category for their position and how they will be notified if the severe weather policy is activated.

The three categories are:

  • Essential Service: during severe weather/emergency conditions, essential service staff report or remain at work.
  • Reserve Service: during severe weather/emergency conditions, reserve service staff are assigned a status at the time of severe weather/emergency condition.
  • Delayed Service: during severe weather/emergency conditions, delayed service staff do not report to work or remain at work.

Follow Working@Duke on Twitter for real-time updates as conditions warrant.