Winter weather message to the Iowa State community

Editor's note: This message was emailed Nov. 8 to Iowa State students and employees.


Dear Iowa State community,

It may not feel like it this week, but it won't be long before snowflakes start falling on campus, and it is important to be prepared for all the conditions that come with winter weather.

The National Weather Service has designated Thursday, Nov. 9, as Winter Weather Awareness Day. This is a good opportunity to prepare and review the following information about campus closures and announcements.

Severe weather and emergency closings

While rare, there are occasions when the university will cancel classes or close due to weather conditions. University policy provides guidance and outlines expectations for employees related to cancellations and closings.

University leaders encourage employees and students to put safety first when deciding to travel to campus. If you cannot make it to campus because of icy roads or blizzard conditions, please coordinate with your supervisor or instructor to arrange to work remotely, take leave or make up class material.

Weather announcements

The university will share information about cancellations and closings through a campus message sent to all Iowa State email addresses, on the university homepage and social media accounts @IowaStateU (Twitter and Facebook) and @IowaStateUNews (Twitter).

ISU Police and Environmental Health and Safety work closely with the National Weather Service in Des Moines to provide updates for campus. Follow @ISUPD and @IowaStateUEHS on social media for weather-related information.

Environmental Health and Safety also has a winter weather webpage with tips for winter walking and driving as well as information on winterizing your car and emergency kits.

Weather alerts, notifications

If you are interested in receiving weather alerts, we encourage you to take advantage of the services provided by several local media outlets. This will allow you to customize notifications to your location. We'd also recommend bookmarking the following links:


Thank you for doing your part to be prepared this winter season.

Michael Newton, associate vice president of public safety and chief of police
Paul Richmond, assistant vice president of environmental health and safety