WEATHER ALERT: Winter Weather Update

Thursday, February 20, 2020

UNCW is monitoring a potential weather event expected to arrive in our area tonight, continuing through Friday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for 5 p.m. today until 10 a.m. tomorrow (Friday). This could bring rain and snow to our region, which may make roadways slick and result in increased traffic and longer commute times.
We do not expect significant effects on campus, and UNCW is expected to remain open and fully operational, with classes in session as scheduled. There are also no changes expected for online/remote classes, unless students are otherwise notified by their instructors. However, ice may accumulate on nearby bridges and overpasses, and drivers' visibility could be affected by snowfall. Faculty, staff and students should exercise discretion when commuting to work, classes and events.
Students who believe weather conditions may affect their ability to attend class, particularly Thursday evening classes, should make the best decision for their circumstances and notify instructors accordingly. SHRA employees should refer to the Adverse Weather Policy, and all employees should make the decision best for their circumstances and notify their supervisors accordingly.
Please visit campus location websites for any possible changes to event/activity times or campus service location hours. Remember to exercise caution while walking or driving on campus, as there may be slippery areas on roadways, stairways and walkways, and allow for extra time to get to your location. Those planning to travel to or from Wilmington over the next 48 hours should check all available travel advisories before departing and adjust plans accordingly.
Please continue to monitor the UNCW website ( and the official social media feed for potential updates. Again, we do not expect any significant campus impacts as a result of this weather event, but if a campus closure were to occur, or if classes were delayed or canceled, employees and students would be notified via campus email, and the information would be shared on our homepage and social media feeds. Remember to keep your cell phone charged and powered on, and be sure the weather app of your choice is set to provide alerts in the event of extreme weather situations. Continue to monitor local media and the National Weather Service – Wilmington for updates.
While the university does not anticipate the need for a follow-up campus email, one will be distributed if conditions warrant. Thank you for your attention and caution as this winter weather event approaches.