Below is an email from UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman
Like many of you, we are monitoring the impending winter storms expected on Thursday and/or Friday as well as a potential second storm expected on Sunday or Monday. While I have nothing definitive to report, I thought you would like to know how we are planning for this possibility.
In the last couple of days, the timing for the onset of this week’s storm has been pushed back and the predicted severity of the storm has fluctuated. This uncertainty has led many to wonder if the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be open on Thursday and/or Friday and if classes will be held.
As the storm approaches over the next 24 hours, we will continue to have better information regarding the strength and timing of the storm. With the information currently available, UNL expects to be open on Thursday. If the storm intensifies during the day on Thursday, we may make a decision later in the day to close the campus, cancel classes, and require that only essential personnel report to work.
Any notice to close the campus will be made via our normal channels – TV and radio announcements, a notice posted on the UNL homepage (http://www.unl.edu), social media channels (Twitter.com/UNLNews or @UNLNews; Twitter.com/UNLincoln or @UNLincoln and Facebook.com/UNLincoln) and via UNL Alert text messages. If you have not signed up for the new UNL Alert, please do so at http://emergency.unl.edu/unlalert.
If the major part of the storm passes through on Thursday, our plan is to remove the snow overnight and be ready for UNL to be open on Friday as usual. Mother Nature may change her plans; therefore, we may be modifying ours as well.
During these winter months, all students, faculty and staff are urged to use caution and personal judgment in their travels to and from campus and to dress appropriately for protection against cold temperatures and wind chills. With supervisor permission, employees who are not able to safely drive to work may request vacation leave or leave without pay.