Winter storm update: campus operations and activities

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Please see an important update about campus operations and activities in the aftermath of our recent winter storm:

Campus and area status

As you are likely aware, a Winter Storm Warning for Watauga County, remains in effect until 11am Monday, Dec. 10.

Overall, our campus has fared well, and is not experiencing any major issues at this time as a result of the winter storm. Our primary challenge is clearing the snow so campus can return to normal operations as soon as possible. Physical Plant crews have been working continually, but there is much snow removal to be done. We are coordinating with community partners to ensure emergency support is provided to off-campus students as needed.

Reports indicate on average 16-18 inches of snow fell around the area. Localized reports indicate amounts over 20 inches.

The bulk of the precipitation has ended. We could, however, still see periods of light snow through Monday morning, and additional slick areas could develop overnight due to re-freezing.

Currently, travel on campus remains difficult. Many students who have cars parked on campus cannot move their vehicles at this time. We have called in additional snow crews to help clear parking lots, and we are advising anyone who is parked on campus to keep their vehicles in place unless it is absolutely necessary to move them. Weekend parking will be extended through Tuesday at 6 a.m. This will make it faster and more efficient for crews to clear the parking lots.

In the county, no roads are currently closed, but road conditions are treacherous, and travel is strongly discouraged. There are reports of stranded vehicles throughout Boone and the county.

Here's what the university is doing

  • Focusing on snow removal
  • Coordinating with community partners to ensure emergency support is provided to off-campus students as needed
  • Adjusting exam schedules as needed. Maximum efforts are underway to return campus and the community to normal operations as soon as possible.
  • Performing regular checks on residence halls and other campus buildings
  • Keeping the library open for its normal operating hours, even when the university is operating under special conditions

Additionally, as with any severe weather event, a number of university employees responsible for critical services including food services, building safety and maintenance, and emergency response teams are on campus and responding in the event of any critical or crisis situation.

What you should do

Messages related to class closings and cancellations are emailed, posted to, distributed to local media and posted to university Facebook and Twitter accounts.

What facilities are open?

Every effort is being made to keep facilities open, but some hours have been changed. Please be sure to check facility websites for current operating hours.

Please also keep in mind that travel conditions will vary across the state. If you are traveling, check the forecast and travel conditions along your route and make plans accordingly, and always use caution during inclement weather.

Links for further information

We will provide regular updates as we learn more about the storm track and what this will mean for our campus, our off-campus students, faculty and staff, and the surrounding area.

Thank you,

Jason Marshburn
Director, Environmental Health, Safety, and Emergency Management
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608
Office: (828) 262-8081
Cell: (828) 406-7610

Published: Dec 9, 2018 7:52pm