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Extremely cold weather is expected in the area over the next 24-48 hours. The National Weather Service(NWS) has posted a wind-chill advisory that is in effect until 11 am on 1/31/2019. During this period, temperatures with wind chill are expected between -25ºF and -40ºF.  In these extremely cold temperatures, frostbite and other health issues can occur within 10 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. The NWS advises to minimize outdoor travel and to layer up and cover exposed skin while traveling outdoors.

Campus Services Update

(Updated 1/29/19 8:30p)

  • All campus housing buildings will remain open during the closure including building front desks.
  • Towers Café will be open until 9 pm for normal service and Late Night Grill will be served out of the Towers Café from 9 pm – 1:30 am with a limited menu.
  • The Student Center will be closed and will remain closed until 7 am on Friday, February 1st. All dining and retail locations in the Student Center will remain closed. Late Night Grill will be served out of the Towers Café from 9 pm – 1:30 am.
  • WSU Dining Services operated retail locations including Dunkin Donuts, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Freshii, Starbucks and Subway will close at 2 pm on Tuesday, January 29th. The Grind UGL and P.O.D. locations in AAB and FAB will close at 4 pm. Locations are expected to reopen normal hours on on Friday, February 1st.
  • Gold ‘n’ Greens will be closed at 2 pm on Tuesday, January 29th and is expected to reopen normal hours on on Friday, February 1st
  • All other Campus Buildings including the UGL and Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center close at 4 pm on January 29th and  are expected to reopen normal hours on on Friday, February 1st. 
  • Other retail locations on campus may remain open. Please check with the locations not listed above for their hours.

Tips to stay safe and warm

  • Set your unit’s thermostat to at least 68ºF (if applicable) with a preference of 70ºF
  • Ensure all windows are closed in your unit
  • Keep window shades and curtains closed unless there is direct sunlight
  • If you must go outside, cover as much exposed skin as possible by layering up and wearing gloves, a hat and scarf if possible
  • Use caution when walking on campus as salt becomes ineffective preventing ice at extremely cold temperatures
  • If you notice sounds of running water or water accumulating indoors in new areas, please contact your buildings front desk immediately as these are signs of frozen or damage plumbing systems


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