Weather Update for Thursday Operations

 February 17, 2021

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

Due to the forecast of ice accumulation early Thursday, Duke will make several operational changes for Thursday, but will not activate the severe weather policy. 

All on-site classes in Durham beginning before 11:45 a.m. Thursday will be canceled or moved to online delivery, if possible. Online/remote classes will continue as scheduled. Instructors will be asked to inform students as to the mode of delivery/relevant links for classes on Thursday morning. Duke Health clinics will delay opening for patients until 10 a.m., but staff should report as scheduled. For details about the status of clinics, visit the Duke Health website

COVID-19 surveillance testing will resume at noon Thursday ONLY for on-campus undergraduate students. All other students scheduled for a test on Thursday will be notified when their test will be rescheduled. 

Those traveling to or from the worksite should use extreme caution and allow extra time. Crews began pretreating roads, walkways, and building entrances today and will be on-site early Thursday to assess conditions and clear/treat any problem areas on campus. In the event of any downed trees or power lines, contact Duke Police at 919-684-2444. Most power lines on Duke’s main campus are underground, so power supply should be fairly resilient. For any power outages for Duke facilities on or off campus, please call Facilities Management customer service 919-684-2122 or send email to and include the physical address of the building. For off-site facilities served by Duke Energy, please check their website for area outages

Beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, the top level of parking garages on campus will be closed as a precaution. Gates to the garages will be open on Thursday, and essential service staff are encouraged to use the parking garages where possible to allow crews to treat and clear parking lots. Members of the Duke community 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.

Bus routes will depend on weather conditions. Every effort will be made to continue the C-1 and H-2 bus routes, weather permitting. 

Duke community members are encouraged to stay informed by checking Duke Today for additional updates.