Winter Weather Update

 February 20, 2020

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

A winter storm advisory has been issued for central North Carolina until 7 a.m. Friday. Forecasts suggest that the Triangle should see rain in the morning with a transition to snow later in the afternoon.

Ground temperatures continue to remain above the freezing, so roads will be wet, but are not expected to be icy through the evening hours.

Snow is projected to continue through Thursday evening and end early Friday morning. Temperatures will drop below freezing after midnight, which could lead to icy patches on roads and walkways early Friday.

The heaviest snow is expected along and north of the Highway 64 corridor mainly from the Triangle region eastward, where 2-4 inches of snow is expected. Localized higher amounts are possible.

Crews will be treating walkways and elevated surface during the day and will be on-site to address trouble spots early Friday morning.

At this time, Duke officials do not plan to activate the Severe Weather and Emergency Conditions policy for Thursday. A decision regarding Friday morning will be made later this evening or early Friday.

Given the possibility of severe weather, staff members should review Duke's severe weather and emergency conditions policy regarding what they should do if the policy is activated.

If Duke activates the Severe Weather and Emergency Conditions policy, officials will send notification via the DukeALERT system, including text message, email, the DukeALERT website and the web alert bar. A message also will be recorded on the severe weather/emergency conditions telephone line at 684-INFO (4636). Faculty and staff who are not already registered should sign up for text message updates from the DukeALERT system.