Preparations for Winter Weather Thursday Morning

 January 27, 2021

TO:Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and Managers
FROM:Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President, Administration,
Emergency Coordinator
RE:Preparations for Winter Weather Thursday Morning

The current forecasts indicate that the Triangle may see up to an inch of snow accumulation on grassy surfaces between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday.

At this time, Duke officials do not expect to activate the Severe Weather and Emergency Conditions policy, and all operations should continue on a normal schedule. Managers should be flexible with staff where possible to allow for extra travel time in the morning.

Warmer temperatures today should limit icy conditions on roads, but slippery conditions could exist on walkways and elevated surfaces. Duke crews will monitor the ability to pretreat surfaces depending on weather conditions and will be out early spreading salt as necessary on walkways, building entrances, and bus stops.

The roofs of parking garages will be closed after 5 p.m. today for incoming vehicles. Buses are expected to run a normal schedule Thursday morning, but passengers should monitor Duke Transloc for any potential delays or advisories.

Please remind your faculty and staff to review the priority clearing map to determine the preferred paths of travel during severe weather, which may differ from their normal routines.

While we are not expecting to activate the Severe Weather and Emergency Conditions policy, this may be a good opportunity to remind you staff about their service category (Essential, Reserved, Delayed) and their responsibilities when the policy is activated.

We will continue to provide updates on the Duke Today website with any changes in the forecast or operations. You can also find the latest updates on the @WorkingatDuke Twitter account.

Thank you for your assistance in communicating with staff to help Duke maintain services and operations in the event of severe weather.