Officials monitoring weather advisory to decide morning actions

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- University officials are keeping close tabs tonight (Jan. 27) on the latest weather forecasts for the region calling for a wintry mix of snow and ice in the early morning hours beginning at 4 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28. The Office of Physical Plant is planning to deploy salt trucks and equipment early to prevent roadways, sidewalks and parking lots from freezing, in advance of the arrival of students and employees on campus.

Current forecasts predict temperatures will begin rising by mid-morning and should improve throughout the day. Penn State officials believe the pre-emptive salting and clearing of any snow or ice should allow University operations to continue on time, as scheduled.

If there is a change in the path of the storm or in the timing of the expected arrival of ice and snow, students and employees can learn of the changes by checking WPSU-FM and Penn State Live -- the official sources for weather-related delay or cancellation advisories at Penn State's University Park campus. In addition, advisories will be sent directly to cell phones, email, the Penn State Facebook page and Twitter via PSUTXT.

Secondary roadways may remain icy or covered and travelers should use caution. If weather causes the cancellation of classes or activities, employees who perform essential duties are expected to report as normal. Those employees performing nonessential services should not report to work during the time of the cancellation.

All employees and students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own safety. Faculty, staff and students should use their own best judgment when considering traveling to campus or the need to leave early during times of inclement weather. Students who believe that traveling to campus is problematic due to inclement weather, should inform instructors as soon as possible when missing classes. Faculty and staff also should review Handling Weather Day Absences (Human Resources Guideline 10) on the Web at http://guru.psu.edu/policies/OHR/hrg10.html for specific information on how time missed for weather situations is handled.

Last Updated January 28, 2013