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University of Minnisota  Appendix

Weather Thresholds

Appendix to Policy

The University considers multiple factors depending on the weather situation.  The following categories are broad guidelines used in decisionmaking.

Low Temperature

  1. Low air temperatures or windchill

    When the immediate forecast calls for air temperatures or sustained windchill at or below -35ºF for more than three consecutive hours, between the hours of 6:00 am and 10:00 pm, the campus will consider the need for reduced operations.

  2. Low air temperatures or windchill, combined with other hazardous conditions

    When the immediate forecast calls for air temperatures or sustained windchill at or below -25ºF for more than three consecutive hours combined with a significant snowfall between the hours of 6:00 am and 10:00 pm, the campus will consider the need for reduced operations.

Snow and Ice

Even with modern forecasting technology, the track of snow and ice storms and their resulting accumulation can be highly unpredictable.  Senior leaders consider the following factors in determining whether to cancel classes or reduce operations:

  • rate of snowfall
  • anticipated total accumulation
  • impact of winds
  • status of public transit operations and area roadways
  • ability of facilities management to keep campus roads and sidewalks passable

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