Blizzard Warning Issued for this Weekend
Friday, January 22, 2016, 11:22 a.m.
The Emergency Management Operations Team continues to monitor the latest forecast for winter weather expected to affect the New York City area this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning effective from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon, with predictions of heavy snow with accumulations from 8 to 12 inches possible, strong winds and dangerous travel conditions.
There are currently no changes to the regular weekend schedules of Dodge Fitness Center, Lerner Hall, Libraries, Dining, or Health, but we advise checking in with these service providers before visiting. The Lamont-Doherty Shuttle will not be running on Saturday, January 23. Other Columbia Transportation shuttles are currently running on their normal schedules, although this is subject to change based on weather and road conditions. We advise students to check with your school and/or instructor regarding the status of weekend classes. If you are scheduled to attend an event on campus this weekend, you may want to check in with the appropriate venues or event organizers for the latest updates and possible cancellations.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has urged New York City residents to avoid travel and to use mass transit when travel is necessary for the duration of these weather conditions. Although the blizzard is expected to occur over the weekend, when most classes are not in session, we urge all members of the Columbia community to heed the mayor’s advice and to stay informed about weather conditions.
For assistance with campus and building services, contact Facilities at 212-854-2222 at the Morningside campus and 212-305-HELP at the Medical Center. To report an emergency on campus, call Public Safety at 212-854-5555 at Morningside and 212-305-7979 at the Medical Center. For off-campus health or safety emergencies, please call 911.
For more information on weather and transit, please visit:
• The New York City Severe Weather website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/severeweather/index.page
• The MTA website: www.mta.info
• The National Weather Service website: http://www.weather.gov
As the situation changes, we will continue to update the Columbia Preparedness website, http://preparedness.columbia.edu, and the Columbia homepage, www.columbia.edu. The Columbia University Medical Center homepage, www.cumc.columbia.edu, will also be updated. Alternatively, you may call 212-854-1754 for the Morningside campus or 212-305-7300 for the Medical Center.
Please stay safe and exercise caution if you need to travel.