Winter Weather Information

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Weather Status Update

NIU Campuses Open February 27, 2015

All NIU campuses will remain open on Friday, Feb. 27. Supervisors are encouraged to be flexible with faculty and staff who need to arrive late due to inclement weather, or who choose to use benefits due to local school closings should they occur.  

During winter months, all students, faculty and staff are urged to use caution and personal judgment in their travels to, from, and on campus and to dress appropriately for protection from cold temperatures and wind chills. Additionally, due to the potential for frostbite, employees that work outside should exercise caution, and supervisors should consider interior assignments whenever possible. 

This page will be updated as necessary to provide the latest information in the event of Winter Weather Warning or a change in the university's operational status.


Weather Closing Procedures

The decision to declare an emergency weather suspension of campus operations, including class cancellations, is a data-informed, consultative process involving several areas including Public Safety, Physical Plant, Environmental Health and Safety, representatives from the different university divisions, the provost and president.  Decisions concerning class cancellations are finalized by the provost, and emergency weather closures require presidential authorization.


Weather Notices

Changes in operational status will be posted on the NIU Home PageNIU Today, NIU’s official Facebook page and the university’s Twitter feed

Toll Free Weather Status Hotline

For the latest information regarding charges in operational status at NIU's campuses, call the Toll-Free Weather Status Hotline: 753-OPEN (6736) or (888) 464-8673.


Weather Forecasts


Road Conditions


TV and Radio Stations

View a list of television and radio stations that broadcast information on weather-related class cancellations at NIU.


Winter Weather Advisories, Watches & Warnings

Check for current National Weather Service Winter Weather Watches, Warnings or Advisories for your location: