Winter weather announcements and updates

Posted on: 1/27/2014; Updated on: 2/14/2014

2:03 p.m., Feb. 14

Weather Update: Activities on USC’s Columbia campus may resume at 4 p.m. Friday (Feb. 14) 

Previously scheduled events and activities may resume on USC’s Columbia campus at 4 p.m. Friday (Feb. 14). University offices will remain closed and all classes remain canceled for the rest of the day.  The Five Points shuttle route will resume Friday night.

For the latest on what is open on campus, please refer to the Student Affairs Stay Informed blog.

Normal operations will resume Saturday (Feb. 15). 

Facilities and law enforcement personnel continue to remain onsite to clear pathways and mitigate hazards, but conditions may still be dangerous to both drive and walk. Please use caution when outside and obey all signs, caution tape, etc. 

As always, please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family and make decisions based on conditions at your location. 

As the snow and ice melt, falling ice will continue to be a concern. If you choose to venture outside, be aware of your surroundings. Stay clear from the sides of the buildings as well as large tree limbs. 

General tips on preparing for winter weather can be found at http://www.sc.edu/carolinaalert/procedures_winter.shtml

You can check www.sc.edu/weather for the latest updates or follow the links provided on the sc.edu Gateways, accessed from the top left of the sc.edu home page. You also can monitor local media outlets or call the campus emergency information hotline at 803-777-5700. 

Please check www.GamecocksOnline.com for the latest updates on all USC athletics events.


 

8:15 p.m., Feb. 13

Weather Update: USC's Columbia campus closed Friday (Feb. 14)

USC's Columbia campus will remain closed Friday (Feb. 14) due to winter weather conditions. University offices will be closed and all classes canceled.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division has instructed, "State government offices and their employees will follow the same winter weather hazard decisions made by the county government officials where the state office is located." Richland County announced the decision earlier Thursday to close on Friday.

Facilities and law enforcement personnel continue to remain onsite to clear pathways and mitigate hazards, but conditions may still be dangerous for driving or walking. Please use caution when outside and obey all signs, caution tape, etc. For your safety, remain indoors when possible.

As the snow and ice begin to melt, falling ice will also be a concern. If you choose to venture outside, be aware of your surroundings. Stay clear of the sides of buildings and large tree limbs.

Finally, while we appreciate the enthusiasm of those employees who generally come to work regardless of weather conditions, please do not put yourself at risk in these icy conditions unless you have been designated as essential personnel by your supervisor.

Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. General tips on preparing for winter weather can be found at Carolina Alert.

You can check this page for the latest updates or follow the links provided on the sc.edu Gateways, accessed from the top left of the sc.edu home page. You also can monitor local media outlets or call the campus emergency information hotline at 803-777-5700.


 

Weather Update: Hazardous conditions on campus

Throughout the night, a constant freezing rain/mist fell on campus and the surrounding area, turning snow-covered roads and walkways into a sheet of ice and making surfaces slick and conditions very hazardous.

Facilities and law enforcement personnel continue to remain onsite to clear pathways and mitigate hazards, but conditions may still be dangerous for driving or walking. Please use caution when outside and obey all signs, caution tape, etc. For your safety, remain indoors when possible.

As the snow and ice begin to melt Thursday (Feb. 13) and Friday (Feb. 14), falling ice will be a concern. This has already been observed at the Honors Residence Hall and Longstreet Theater and steps have been taken to block those areas. If you choose to venture outside, be aware of your surroundings. Stay clear of the sides of the buildings as well as large tree limbs.

Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. General tips on preparing for winter weather can be found at Carolina Alert.

 No decision has been made for university operations on Friday.

You can check this page for the latest updates or follow the links provided on the sc.edu Gateways, accessed from the top left of the sc.edu home page. You also can monitor local media outlets or call the campus emergency information hotline at 803-777-5700.


5:32 p.m., Feb. 12

Weather Update: Columbia campus closed Thursday (Feb. 13) 

USC’s Columbia campus will remain closed Thursday (Feb. 13) due to winter weather conditions. University offices will be closed and all classes canceled.

Please check GamecocksOnline for the latest updates on all USC athletics events.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division has instructed, "State government offices and their employees will follow the same winter weather hazard decisions made by the county government officials where the state office is located." Richland County announced the decision earlier Wednesday to close on Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a winter storm warning for the campus from 7 p.m. Tuesday until noon Thursday.

Facilities and Law Enforcement have begun deploying resources to deal with snow and ice affecting our campus. Faculty who have research that is dependent on utilities should note that we are being warned that services may be interrupted. Take appropriate precautions and be prepared to implement your contingency plans if needed.

Please be aware that hazardous conditions may exist on campus throughout the day on Thursday and some areas of campus may be closed due to icy conditions. Please use caution when walking or driving in and around campus and obey all signs, caution tape, etc.

Finally, while we appreciate the enthusiasm of those employees who generally come to work regardless of weather conditions, please do not put yourself at risk in these icy conditions unless you have been designated as essential personnel by your supervisor.

Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. General tips on preparing for winter weather can be found at Carolina Alert.

You can check this page for the latest updates or follow the links provided on the sc.edu Gateways, accessed from the top left of the sc.edu home page. You also can monitor local media outlets or call the campus emergency information hotline at 803-777-5700.


10:13 a.m., Feb. 12

Weather Update: South Carolina-Vanderbilt basketball game postponed

After consulting with the Southeastern Conference, the University of South Carolina has postponed its Wednesday (Feb. 12) men's basketball game against Vanderbilt until Thursday because of wintry weather conditions across the state. The safety of the participating teams, staff and fans was considered in postponing the game.

No decision on Thursday’s game time has been made. Information will be updated on GamecocksOnline as it becomes available.

Tickets to Wednesday's game will be used for Thursday's game. If fans are unable to use single game tickets purchased for the original scheduled date, they may be exchanged at Colonia Life Arena for a remaining men's basketball game pending ticket availability.


1:45 p.m., Feb. 11

Weather Update: Columbia campus closed Wednesday (Feb. 12)

USC’s Columbia campus will be closed Wednesday (Feb. 12) due to winter weather conditions. University offices will be closed and all classes canceled. Ice and wintry conditions are expected to impact much of South Carolina, including the Midlands. No decision has been made for university operations on Thursday (Feb. 13).

Afternoon and evening classes scheduled for Tuesday (Feb. 11) will continue as scheduled. Night classes will begin as scheduled, but will end at 9 p.m. All events scheduled to begin after 9 p.m. Tuesday are canceled. Monitoring of weather will continue and operational changes may occur if conditions warrant. As always, please use your best judgment regarding existing conditions at your location and personal safety.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the men’s basketball home game against Vanderbilt is scheduled to be played at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division has instructed, "State government offices and their employees will follow the same winter weather hazard decisions made by the county government officials where the state office is located." Richland County announced the decision earlier Tuesday to close on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a winter storm warning for the campus from 7 p.m. Tuesday until noon Thursday.

Facilities and Law Enforcement have begun staging resources and making preparations should snow and ice impact our campus. Faculty and staff should exercise judgment in rescheduling meetings planned for Thursday, particularly involving parties traveling from out-of-town. Faculty who have research that is dependent on utilities should note that we are being warned that services may be interrupted. Take appropriate precautions and be prepared to implement your contingency plans if needed.

Please be aware that hazardous conditions may exist on campus throughout the day on Wednesday and some areas of campus may be closed due to icy conditions. Please use caution when walking or driving in and around campus and obey all signs, caution tape, etc.

Finally, while we appreciate the enthusiasm of those employees who generally come to work regardless of weather conditions, please do not put yourself at risk in these icy conditions unless you have been designated as essential personnel by your supervisor.

Please take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. General tips on preparing for winter weather can be found at Carolina Alert.

You can check this page for the latest updates or follow the links provided on the sc.edu Gateways, accessed from the top left of the sc.edu home page. You also can monitor local media outlets or call the campus emergency information hotline at 803-777-5700.


4:45 p.m., Feb. 10

Weather Update: Winter storm warning issued for Columbia

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the University of South Carolina from 7 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 11) through noon Thursday (Feb. 13). A winter storm with heavy amounts of snow, ice and/or freezing rain is expected within the next 12-24 hours.

The university is open as of 4:45 p.m., Monday, (Feb. 10). University officials will continue to monitor the weather system and its potential effects on operations. General preparedness information can be found at Carolina Alert.

You can check this page for the latest updates or follow the links provided on the sc.edu Gateways, accessed from the top left of the sc.edu home page. You also can monitor local media outlets or call the campus emergency information hotline at 803-777-5700.


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