Midnight Clear declared for tonight

The Office of Physical Plant (OPP) at University Park has declared a Midnight Clear for tonight (Feb. 26). This will enable crews to do a mass clearing of blowing and drifting snow so lots are open on Saturday.

The University Park campus had about 3 inches of snow as of 7 a.m. today, and may have added another inch or better since then, although the strong winds have made it difficult to determine total accumulations. As the day goes on, additional snow may accumulate another inch or so, although it could be more if there is a heavy squall. Winds have abated greatly, but some gusts will continue into the overnight hours. Temperatures are expected to recover into the mid 30s tomorrow and Sunday, and maybe reach into the low 40s on Monday. With this in mind, here is the continued OPP Plan:

Road Crews: Crews have worked on campus roads and faculty/staff lots where able since 4 a.m. They will continue through the rest of the afternoon, and salt roads and lots before leaving today at 3:30 p.m. Lots around the Bryce Jordan Center are in good shape for the Jason Aldean concert tonight, but crews can clear and salt only the driving paths in Stadium West and the Shields lots since they currently are parked full. The entire crew will report at 6 a.m. Saturday to tidy up campus roads and clear all remaining campus lots.

Landscape: The landscape crew has worked hard since 5 a.m. clearing campus walks, and also will end their shift at 3:30 p.m. Two equipment operators will remain on duty until after the concert at the Jordan Center to provide support there, to feeder walks to the venue, and main campus walks if needed. Four equipment operators and some ground support workers will report Saturday morning to address any drifting, and will provide brooming/salting support at main event venues and main campus walks.

Janitorial: The janitorial staff has worked through the night and all morning to keep building entrances cleared. The second shift will arrive at 5 tonight and provide any coverage needed until 1:30 a.m.

For the Midnight Clear, overnight parking will be available in:

-- all parking decks, under roof areas only, between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m.;

-- lot Orange H, along the north side of Materials Research Lab;

-- areas with fenced parking compounds, such as Fleet Operations, the Office of Physical Plant back lot and Bryce Jordan Center Orange L South lot;

-- all farm areas; and

-- lot Red A, west of Atherton, between 3 and 7 a.m. only.

Departments with University vehicles need to move them into one of the parking decks between now and midnight tonight.

The East bay (the section closest to Bigler Road) on the ground floor of the East Deck has been reserved for oversized vehicles that do not fit in the other garages on campus. The ground floor of the East Deck will accommodate vehicles up to 8 feet, 2 inches in height. Vehicles that normally had to remain in one of the approved surface areas because of roof racks, truck caps etc. now can be parked in the East Deck.

Signs have been posted in the East Deck reserving the East bay (closest to East Halls) for oversized vehicles. Once the signs are posted regular vehicles (less than 7 feet max height) are prohibited from the reserved area and must park in another portion of the garage.

When parked in the garages during a Midnight Clear event, all ADA parking regulations remain in effect. Vehicles parked in handicapped-designated parking spaces must display a valid state issued HP license plate or placard.

Student storage lots such as Lot 43, Lot Blue 81, Blue 82 and Blue 83, Lot Silver 42, and Brown 11 are not affected by Midnight Clear.

Last Updated January 11, 2011