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Cornell campus prepares for major winter storm

The National Weather Service has forecast a major winter storm that will likely start near midday on Saturday, Jan. 19, and end before evening on Sunday, Jan. 20. Intense wind is expected to bring extreme cold and drive temperatures below zero degrees.

Snow accumulation could be between 16 and 20 inches. Frigid temperatures are forecast to last into Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Keep informed of the storm may impact campus at

The university will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The university is expecting to maintain normal operations and resume student instruction on Tuesday, Jan. 22, according to Mary Opperman, vice president and chief human resources officer.

Crews will be working throughout the storm to maintain safe conditions on campus, Opperman said.

If there is a change to the university operating status, all members of the Cornell campus community will be notified by a CornellALERT email. Alerts and updates can be found at or via the Inclement Weather phone, (607) 255-3377. To receive text or voice alerts on your phone, go to How to Receive CornellALERT Messages.

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