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Wednesday: It’s probably closed

Ahem — it is going to be extremely cold tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30th. Dangerously cold. If you have to ask, the answer to the question “I wonder if (INSERT NAME HERE) is closed tomorrow?”

The answer is probably. That place you are thinking about going to is probably closed. We won’t go as far as saying it definitely will be closed, so this is where we are. Don’t assume it is closed, but a variety of things aren’t happening tomorrow — basic things like going outdoors. Outside is cancelled, everyone.

Please look before doing what you’re doing, but here are a few:

University of Illinois:

Dear members of the university community,

The National Weather Service is predicting historic low temperatures ranging from minus 7 degrees to minus 20 degrees beginning tonight and continuing through tomorrow, coupled with extremely dangerous wind chills of minus 40 degrees and possibly lower. Although our Facilities and Services crews are working diligently to keep our roads and sidewalks safe, the extreme temperatures will create hazardous conditions.

I am writing to announce that classes will be canceled beginning with those that start at 6 p.m. or later today, Tuesday, Jan. 29, and continuing through the entire day and evening tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 30.

It is important to note that even when classes are canceled the campus does NOT fully close. The residential and research aspects of our operations make a complete closing impossible, so staff members are expected to report to their respective offices or work locations.

If you must go outside, please dress appropriately and limit your time outdoors.

Residence halls and dining halls will be open, as will the Activities and Recreation Center, the Campus Recreation Center East, the Illini Union, the Library and all academic buildings.

If, for safety reasons, employees feel they need to leave early or are unable to commute to campus, they should use vacation/personal leave as applicable. In cases where an employee may not have accrued vacation/personal leave, departments may authorize an approved absence without pay. Employees with questions regarding requesting absence time due to weather conditions should consult with their supervisors.

The safety and well-being of our campus community members is our highest priority.

Best regards,

Robert J. Jones

Parkland College:

No classes 5 pm Jan. 29 through Jan. 30
All classes, programs, and services will be cancelled at Parkland College beginning at 5 p.m. today, January 29 through tomorrow, January 30, and all offices will be closed as well. This notice includes all athletic events and partner classes taking place on campus.

City of Champaign:

City of Champaign Facilities Closed January 30 Due to Weather
City Building, Champaign Public Library, Public Works Closed to Public
CHAMPAIGN – In order to maintain employee safety and to focus on emergency services during the forecasted extreme temperatures, City of Champaign facilities will be closed to the public for routine operations on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. This includes the City Building, the Champaign Public Library and the Public Works facility. All emergency services will continue to fully operate.  A decision about possibly extending the closure into Thursday will be made by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning until 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 31. Wind chills could range from -29° to -39° across the area. 
The City encourages the public to stay home if possible. If you must travel, use extreme caution. Those needing to go outside for any length of time should take extra precautions to protect themselves from the extreme cold. 
Due to the forecast for extreme cold weather, Champaign Unit 4 School District will not hold school on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. All evening activities for Jan. 30 are cancelled.
Due to the predicted frigid temperatures tomorrow, Wednesday, January  30th all schools will be closed. Today, Tuesday, January 29th all evening activities and events will be canceled. All offices will be closing today at 4 pm as well.
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