Weather Update
Update for Spring Move-in on Tuesday, January 26
Updated: Sunday, January 24, 2016, 6:20pm

Weather Update for Spring Move-In 2016 The University of Maryland, College Park will be closed Monday, January 25th and Tuesday, January 26th. Move-in has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 26th. Classes will begin Wednesday, January 27th.

Residence hall move-in has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Crews have been working around the clock to clear campus roads, parking lots and sidewalks but a significant amount of snow remains on the campus and crews will be continuing their efforts on Monday.

On Tuesday, we urge you to use caution when traveling to campus, moving about the campus and unloading your belongings. See below for move-in guidance given the expected conditions over the next few days.

Guidance for Move-in
  • Check weather conditions and travel advisories before departing from home.
  • Please use caution when navigating campus as sidewalks and surfaces may be slick and significant accumulations of snow will still remain in some areas.
  • University of Maryland police will be directing traffic around the residence halls on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Designated unloading zones are posted wherever possible near residence halls.   Snow crews are doing their best to keep these spaces cleared of snow but unloading space may be more limited than usual.   When you arrive at your building, please unload your car as quickly as you can safely do so and then move your car from the unloading zone to the nearest parking garage.
  • All campus parking garages will be open and free of charge on Tuesday for permit holders and visitors.  Regular parking regulations will be in effect beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
  • If you are in a position to do so, please consider bringing a limited amount of your belongings with you to campus on Tuesday and then getting the rest of your belongings when conditions have improved.  This will make your move-in on Tuesday much easier and speed the move-in process for all residents and their families.
  • Please follow the instructions of police and parking lot staff at all times.

If you need assistance once you’ve returned to campus, you may reach Resident Life staff by contacting your residence hall service desk.

Previous Updates

Saturday, January 23, 2016, 12:30pm

The University of Maryland will be closed on Monday, January 25 with no classes being held.

The safety of the UMD community is our number one concern. As a result of heavy snowfall and the resulting hazardous driving conditions on and around the UMD campus and across the state of Maryland, move-in has been suspended for Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24.

Move-in will resume on Monday, January 25th, weather and driving conditions permitting.

We will post an update on campus conditions and move-in activities on this website on Sunday, January 24 by 4:00 p.m.

Friday, January 22, 2016, 5:50pm

The snow started at about 1:30 p.m. today in College Park and is expected to continue tonight and well into tomorrow. Students still in route to campus on Friday evening will be able to gain access to their residence hall. Please use extreme caution when moving about the campus this evening. Move-in is suspended for Saturday, January 23 and no student should plan to arrive on campus on Saturday.

By 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, we will post an update on this website as to current campus conditions and any information that we have as to when move-in activities may be able to safely resume. We urge you to check weather forecasts periodically to stay apprised of the situation in College Park.

For students who have already moved back into the halls, your safety and the safety of the community is our number one concern. If you haven’t seen your Resident Assistant (RA) since you’ve arrived back on campus, please stop by her/his room to say hi or drop them a quick email to let them know that you are back on campus. Take a minute to check-in with floormates and other students who live around you. We urge you to keep an eye out for one another over the next few days. If you go outside during the storm, please remember to dress appropriately for the weather conditions and to travel in groups. Please be aware of the many staff members and pieces of equipment that are being used to move snow to try to keep roads and sidewalks cleared. Particularly at night and during heavy snow, snow plows can have limited visibility. Keep a safe distance from them when you are walking outside.

Personal Vehicles

If you have a car on campus and have not yet done so, please move it to the nearest parking garage. All UMD garages are open and free of charge for the duration of the storm. Moving your car to a garage will aid crews in clearing parking lots after the storm and save you some effort in digging your car out of the snow.


Safety and Emergency Services

Finally, please make safe, smart choices and be mindful of your behavior in the halls. If you encounter an emergency, please call (301) 405-3333 for assistance. Please remember that this extreme weather could impact emergency services personnel’s ability to respond quickly to campus should they be responding to other critical situations in the area. Be safe!

If you have any non-emergency questions or concerns, please stop by or call your service desk.

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 5:15pm

Winter Storm Jonas continues on a track toward College Park. A Blizzard Warning is in effect for the Baltimore/Washington Region from 3:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 a.m. Sunday. The current forecast from the National Weather Service expects the snow to begin around 4:00 p.m. on Friday with heaviest snows Friday night into Saturday. Please consult College Park weather forecasts regularly as you plan your return to campus for spring semester.

Residence hall students have the option (though are not required) to return to campus on Friday, January 22 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For those who live within a reasonable driving distance of campus, you might consider moving your belongings into your room on Friday and then returning home to wait out the storm.

Spring classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, January 25. For information on UMD’s procedures for inclement weather please visit the emergency preparedness webpage.

As a result of this winter storm and expected heavy snow and unsafe conditions, move-in activity is suspended for Saturday, January 23 and students should not plan to arrive on campus on that day. By 6:00 p.m. Saturday, we will post on our website an update on current campus conditions and any available information about when move-in activity may safely resume.

Safety and Emergency Services

Finally, please make safe, smart choices and be mindful of your behavior in the halls. If you encounter an emergency, please call (301) 405-3333 for assistance. Please remember that this extreme weather could impact emergency services personnel’s ability to respond quickly to campus should they be responding to other critical situations in the area. Be safe!

If you have any non-emergency questions or concerns, please stop by or call your service desk.

Monitor Channels

Throughout the weekend, please monitor the following channels for additional information and updates regarding UMD's open or closed status, as well as other schedule changes:

• Twitter
(@UofMaryland; @UMDRightNow and @presidentloh)
UMD Website
Resident Life Website
UMD Facebook page
• UMD Snowline (301) 405-7669
• Local news outlets via the Web, TV and radio
• Sign up to receive Emergency Text Messages by adding your cell phone at UMD Alerts website

Monitor Weather Conditions

Please pay close attention to weather conditions, monitor local weather forecasts, stay safe, and help keep our residence hall community safe and secure during the upcoming inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Precautions

Review the information below related to inclement weather precautions:

  • Make your personal safety your top priority if you must be outside during inclement weather and dress appropriately to the conditions. Use caution when walking on snowy or icy surfaces.
  • Please be aware of the many snow removal vehicles that will be clearing snow throughout the weekend and maintain a safe distance as you travel about the campus.
  • Be safe, make smart choices, abide by residence hall rules (.pdf), and be mindful of your behavior. Extreme weather could impact emergency services personnel’s ability to respond quickly to campus should they be responding to other critical situations in the area.
  • Call University Police at (301) 405-3333 to report emergency situations, downed power lines, or other dangerous conditions on campus.
  • Report facilities-related concerns immediately to the 24-hour Residential Facilities Service Center at (301) 314-9675. 
  • Ensure all windows are closed tightly to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep your cell phone charged and have a flashlight on hand in the event of power loss.  (Never use lit candles which are a fire hazard and are prohibited from use in residence halls). Additionally, consider keeping snacks and bottled water in your room should weather conditions prevent you from walking to the dining hall.
  • Download the UMD SOS App for your iOS or Android device here.
  • Dining Halls will operate on the schedule listed above.  Please visit the UMD Dining Services website for additional updates about dining options and hours during inclement weather.

As always, if you need assistance, you can reach Resident Life staff by contacting your residence hall service desk.