The Blizzard of 2015 continues to bring significant snowfall, ice and wind damage to our region. With additional snowfall expected throughout the evening hours, WPI has canceled all day and evening classes and scheduled activities on Wednesday, Jan. 28.
Essential personnel will continue to ensure the safety and well-being of the campus and our community throughout the day tomorrow. Given the severity of this storm, employees should check again with their supervisors to determine their status. It is thanks to their tremendous efforts that WPI will be able to return to normal operations on Thursday, Jan. 29.
The campus will remain open on Wednesday. Here are the hours for specific buildings:
Rubin Campus Center: 8 a.m. – midnight
Sports and Recreation Center: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Gordon Library: Noon – 1 a.m.
NOTE: All other campus buildings will be accessible through card access only.
Dining hours on Wednesday are as follows:
Morgan Dining: Brunch 10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.; Dinner 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Dunkin Donuts: 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Campus Center Food Court: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Goat’s Head: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Outtakes: Noon – 7 p.m.
NOTE: All other dining facilities will be closed.
Wednesday, Jan. 28: All surface parking lots remain closed, and any vehicles remaining in the lots will be ticketed and towed. The Park Avenue and Gateway garages remain open for essential personnel and student parking throughout the duration of the storm. (This includes resident and non-resident students.) The Dean Street garage will continue its normal operations for validated parkers. Vehicles should not be parked on the top level.
Thursday, Jan. 29: All parking lots will reopen at 5 a.m. Given the circumstances brought about by the storm, all lots – as well as the Park Avenue and Gateway garages – will be available for any vehicle with a valid WPI permit throughout the day Thursday.
Friday, Jan. 30: As of 2 a.m. on Friday, any vehicles remaining in university lots or garages must have valid permits for those specific locations or they will be ticketed and towed. Vehicles belonging to off-campus students who were allowed to park in the garages during the blizzard must be removed by this time.
CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS
We encourage all students, faculty and staff to employ caution during the storm and ask all non-essential personnel to stay home and off the roads. Emergency management experts are encouraging people to: stay indoors during the storm, be alert to changing weather conditions, avoid travel except in extreme emergencies, listen to weather radio or weather reports for emergency information, and those with medical conditions should make certain they have enough medications to get through the storm.
Varying weather conditions over the next few days may continue to cause snow drifts, and this precipitation is prone to melting and freezing, which can cause patches of ice to form.
WPI’s grounds team will continuously work to clear and maintain walkways and surface areas. However, everyone is urged to exercise extra caution in selecting their path of travel. Remember that the shortest distance is not always the safest. Please wear proper footwear and use handrails for safety, and whenever possible, avoid stairs and ramps.
Should you find yourself in an on-campus emergency situation, please call WPI Campus Police at 508-831-5555.