Winter Storm Update, 3/13/2017

Updated 11:45 a.m.

The National Weather Service has upgraded its Blizzard Watch to a Blizzard Warning for the New York City metropolitan area from late tonight into Tuesday evening. The current forecast calls for heavy snow and blizzard conditions, with snow accumulation of 12 to 20 inches, strong winds and dangerous travel conditions. 

Since the University is currently on Spring Recess, academic classes are not impacted. We anticipate that most, if not all events will be canceled due to the storm, but we advise members of the University community and event guests to check directly with event sponsors.   

Essential personnel are expected to report to work tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14th, consistent with University Policy.  Please stay safe, exercise caution and allow extra travel time. We will communicate any impact to non-essential personnel by 5:00 p.m. today. If you have a question about your “essential status,” please check in with your supervisor.

Campus snow removal crews are mobilized and prepared to begin snow removal as soon as the snowfall begins during the overnight. 

The Emergency Management Operations Team (EMOT) continues to actively monitor the situation. Please continue to check the Columbia Preparedness website and the Columbia homepage for updates as more information becomes available. 

We urge all members of the Columbia community to stay informed about conditions as the storm progresses. For real-time weather information, visit the National Weather Service or on Twitter @NWSNewYorkNY. Stay informed by signing up for Notify NYC, the City's official source for emergency information, or by visiting New York City’s Severe Weather website.

Most importantly, stay safe.