Penn State declares 'Midnight Clear' tonight (Jan. 31)

January 31, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Office of Physical Plant has declared a "Midnight Clear" for snow removal from midnight tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 31) through 7 a.m. Wednesday on the University Park campus.

During these times, parking is prohibited at all faculty/staff surface parking lots on campus, including Innovation Park, from midnight through 7 a.m. This restriction includes University vehicles and applies to all employee work shifts, regardless of reporting time.

Individuals can stay informed of delays and cancellations by using Penn State's PSUAlert systemFacebook page, the News website and WPSU TV and radio. Other local television and radio stations also will inform the public.

Designated overnight parking areas — faculty/staff and department vehicles

Departments with University vehicles, as well as any faculty or staff with vehicles remaining on campus overnight, are required to move them into one of the parking decks or designated overnight parking areas before midnight tonight.

Overnight parking for faculty, staff, and departmental vehicles will be available through 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the following locations:

-- All campus parking decks (East, Eisenhower, HUB, Nittany) — no parking on the roof level

The Nittany Deck can accommodate vehicles with a maximum height of 6 feet 8 inches, while the Eisenhower and HUB decks will allow vehicles with a maximum height of 7 feet.

The ground floor of the East Deck will accommodate vehicles up to 8 feet 2 inches in height. The east bay (the section closest to Bigler Road) on the ground floor of the East Deck is reserved for oversized vehicles that do not fit in the other garages on campus. Vehicles that normally have to remain in one of the approved surface areas because of roof racks, truck caps, etc., may be parked in this area of 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 maximum height) are prohibited from the reserved area and must park in another section of the deck.

-- Lot Red A — row of spaces located directly west of the EES Building

-- Lot Orange H — center section located between Land & Water Research and the Materials Research Laboratory

-- Lot Orange H — row of parking spaces at the west end of the Materials Research Laboratory

-- Lot Orange A (Katz Building) — 10 spaces facing Services Road along the north side of the parking lot

-- Areas with fenced parking compounds, such as Fleet Operations, Bryce Jordan Center, Physical Plant

-- All farm areas

Lots restricted until 3 a.m.

The following campus lots will be restricted for snow removal tonight from midnight through 3 a.m.:

-- Lot Red A — West of Atherton Street

-- Lot Orange U — section located west of USB I and north of the driveway

-- Lot Orange O — section next to the Tower Road Landscape Facility

Employees with a valid faculty/staff permit who must report to work early may park in these areas beginning at 3 a.m.

Parking at Innovation Park

Overnight parking at Innovation Park will be available overnight tonight at the following locations:

-- 100 Building (Outreach Building) — back row of spaces in the southwest corner

-- 328/330 Building — first section of parking on the left from the entrance from Innovation Boulevard

-- 329 Building — first row of spaces in the section of parking located between Daybridge and 329

-- 331 Building — back row of spaces in the northeast corner

Oversized vehicles should be moved to one of the areas listed above. If it isn't possible to move to one of the designated overnight parking areas, special provisions can be made by contacting the Parking Office at 865-1436 or

Resident student parking

Resident core and long-term storage student parking lots (Blue 22, Blue 42, Blue 81, Blue 82, Blue 83, Brown 11, Purple 43, and Blue 83 East) are exempt from "Midnight Clear" restrictions and will remain available for student vehicles displaying a valid permit for these areas.

Any YWH (Nittany Deck) permit holders parked on the roof level of the deck must move their vehicles to one of the lower levels prior to midnight.

Resident and long-term storage student permit holders utilizing other parking areas during evening or weekend hours must return to their assigned lot before midnight tonight.

Commuter parking

Lot 44 (Jordan East), Stadium West and Porter North are not "Midnight Clear" restricted lots. However, no parking is permitted at these lots from 2 to 4 a.m., seven days a week.

Student commuter vehicles must be removed from all other faculty/staff surface lots before midnight tonight.

Map and contact information

A map of the "Midnight Clear" parking areas is available by clicking here.

If there are any questions regarding "Midnight Clear" parking restrictions, contact the Parking Office at 814-865-1436 or

Last Updated June 18, 2021