WEATHER ALERT: UNCW Cancelling Friday Classes; Suspending Operations Due to Winter Weather

Thursday, January 20, 2022

The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for portions of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina, for Friday, Jan. 21 into Saturday, Jan. 22.  

Due to expected icy weather, poor driving conditions, and power outages in southeastern NC, UNCW will cancel classes on Friday, Jan. 21. Online Accelerated Program (OAP) students should consult with their instructors about how the inclement weather may affect their courses.  

Starting at 6 a.m., Friday, Jan. 21, employees should observe Condition 2 (Suspended Operations) of the
Adverse Weather Policy (PDF). Employees involved in research should secure research areas in preparation for potential power outages.  

Residential Students

Residential students are urged to use extreme caution when walking outdoors and when traveling up or down stairwells as they may be slippery in winter weather conditions. Housing and Residence Life will be salting high-traffic areas, staying indoors and only leaving if absolutely necessary is encouraged.

As an essential service, Campus Dining will provide meal service during inclement weather conditions. Check the UNCW Dining website or Campus Dining’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for updated hours related to the winter weather.

Student Health/COVID Information

The Student Health Center will close at 5 p.m. today and reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24. There will be no COVID testing on campus on Friday, Jan. 21. Students who are experiencing symptoms should isolate in place and wear their masks when around others. If you have tested positive, please email Staff will monitor the inbox as they are able. Testing will reopen Monday, Jan. 24 at 8:30 a.m. in both the Warwick Center and Veterans Hall 1012. Galloway Hall will remain open and staffed through the weekend.

Other Events and Services
WAVE Transit is suspending operations on Friday and UNCW student shuttles won't be operational.

The Student Recreation Center will be closed on Friday. However, it will reopen on Saturday if weather permits. The start time for Friday’s Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball contest between UNCW and James Madison has been moved to 2 p.m. For other updates from Athletics, visit For other closures and cancellations (i.e., Randall Library, arts activities and more), please check the websites of your events of interest for current scheduling information.  

Be Safe, Stay Informed

When driving on affected roads during this weather event, please stay alert; avoid cell phone use; leave early to allow for additional travel time; reduce speed; increase following distance; and be patient. As conditions may vary across the region and no one weather bulletin will apply to everyone, please remember that each of us is responsible for our own decisions, actions and safety.

Students, faculty and staff should continue to monitor their campus email inboxes for updates; messages with a reference to the weather in the subject line merit careful review. Updates will be posted as conditions warrant to the UNCW homepage, Facebook and Twitter accounts. These channels contain the latest information available to university officials. The Emergency Information Hotline can be reached by calling 910.962.3991 or 888.657.5751. The hotline is a backup for information posted to