The following email was sent on Thursday, Feb. 7 to students in campus residences. They also received an e-mail about the parking ban.
Please be aware that NEMO, a severe winter storm is traveling east toward New England and is currently over Chicago, IL Forecast models suggest that the snow will begin by 10:00 am Friday morning and will continue through Saturday afternoon. The peak of the storm will occur between 8:00 pm Friday night and 12:00 pm on Saturday. Blizzard conditions are expected to occur during this period. Sustained wind speed will be 40-50 MPH with gusts to hurricane force (75 MPH). Snow fall during the peak period will be between 1 and 3 inches per hour. Total snow accumulations will be between 18 and 24 inches and temperatures will be in the single digits. It is for these reasons that classes at all URI campuses have been cancelled for Friday 2/8/2013 and Saturday 2/9/2013.
Residents who have made plans to go away for the weekend are advised to leave as soon as possible and should monitor weather forecasts for the location to which they are traveling and the Kingston, RI area to determine when it will be safe to return to campus.
Residents should also be aware that the URI Residence Halls will remain open and fully staffed through the duration of the storm. Dining Services will also be open during this period, however hours of operation may be restricted. Please check the web sites for the hours of operation, between now and Saturday afternoon for other URI Departments and URI Affiliates of interest to you. Residents should frequently check their hall office for weather updates and other related information.
Residents who will be traveling on foot on the Kingston Campus must ensure that they keep a safe distance from all active snow removal equipment as the operators may not be able to see you due to drifting and blowing snow.
Before you leave for the weekend, or before Friday morning at 10 am, please:
Jeffrey Plouffe, Ph.D.
Interim AVP Student Affairs and
Director of the Department of Housing and Residential Life