March 6, 2011

University Closes Monday Morning Due to Snow

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Updated 8:10 a.m.

The University closed early Monday morning and will reopen at 11:45 a.m. Classes will resume at 12:20 p.m., according to a University statement. Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing issued an emergency road closure lasting until 8:30 a.m., and TCAT said it was suspending its bus operations until roads “are deemed passable.”

Essential personnel are asked to consult with their supervisors regarding when to report to work, and managers should be “open and flexible with employee work schedules,” the University said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Tompkins County lasting until 7 a.m. Monday. It predicted total snow accumulations of 10 to 16 inches, with lighter snow continuing to fall through the morning. Winds may gust up to 30 miles per hour.

The University had initially announced it would close until 9:30 a.m., but then pushed its reopening until 11:45.

TCAT buses suspended their operations after Tompkins County officials announced roads in the county would be closed until 8:30 a.m. Buses were expected to resume their regular routes after roads are declared safe, the University said, but they may still be delayed throughout the day due to road conditions.

Original Author: Michael Linhorst