During severe weather, it’s important to be prepared to deal with the adverse conditions on streets, sidewalks and multiuse paths that come with snow and ice.

Extreme fall and winter storms can sometimes lead to campus closures. Notification of such closures is sent out via CU Boulder Alerts, campus social media channels and local broadcast media. You can also view the university’s website for any change in operating status, as well as complete information on campus closing procedures.

But while a surplus of popcorn and a Netflix subscription might be all the preparation you need in the rare event campus is closed, there are several things to keep in mind during most winter storms to ensure you’re able to safely navigate to, from and around campus.

Delayed campus opening

Sometimes, due to adverse conditions that have been judged to be a hazard to normal campus operations, the campus will delay its opening.

For instance, if the campus were to have a delayed start at 9:45 a.m., this would mean all classes, recitations, labs, etc. scheduled to begin before 9:45 a.m. (e.g. the 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. class period) would be canceled. Faculty would take steps to make up material and assignments missed during that time in a later class period. All classes, labs, recitations, etc. scheduled to begin after 9:45 a.m., (e.g. the 10 to 10:50 a.m. class period) would be held as normal.

Students with questions about making up assignments should talk to their faculty member.

Resources and reminders

CU Boulder, the city of Boulder and the Colorado Department of Transportation offer several helpful resources and reminders for when the flakes start flying.

  • The university “hotline” service within the campus telecommunications system will provide a recorded message for callers who are unsure about whether the campus is closed. The CU Boulder emergency information line is 303-492-4636.

  • CU Boulder operations personnel from multiple departments work in concert with the city to remove snow from campus streets, parking lots, sidewalks and multiuse paths. It’s always important during storms to exercise caution when traversing campus, whether by foot, by bike or by vehicle. You are reminded to always wear appropriate footwear and to be careful getting in and out of vehicles, including buses.

  • Snowy weather can cause road closures and situations where campus officials must change bus routes to accommodate safe and accessible roads to and from campus. The Buff Bus Inclement Weather Reroute map for the Williams Village, Athens North and Discovery Express Buff Buses illustrates the altered routes to be used when snow begins piling up on campus streets. Riders should check the Transit app for campus bus updates and reroute alerts. Commuting students, faculty and staff riding to/from campus via RTD bus routes are encouraged to sign up for RTD Rider Alerts.

  • During significant snowstorms, snow from Main Campus typically is hauled to East Campus and piled next to the curb along a stretch of Discovery Drive. However, traffic remains open in both directions along Discovery Drive.

  • CU Boulder’s Division of Emergency Management features several weather safety tips on its website.

  • The city of Boulder’s snow and ice control website features key things you can do to stay informed and be prepared for a snow event.

  • The Colorado Department of Transportation includes winter driving safety tips, reminders and road-condition updates on its website.

  • The latest Boulder weather forecast information can be found on the National Weather Service website.

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