Campus in the fall

Emergencies & Closings

Lake Effect Snow Warning issued Sunday, January 19 at 11:56 AM EST until Monday, January 20 at 4:00 AM EST by National Weather Service Buffalo

Heavy lake effect snow and blowing snow. Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches in the most persistent lake snows. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will produce blowing and drifting snow in Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Southern Erie counties. Greatest accumulations across the Chautauqua Ridge, Boston Hills, and hills of Wyoming County.

Travel will be very difficult with deep snow cover on roads and very low visibility from heavy snow and blowing snow.

Heavy snow will fall in relatively narrow bands. If traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.


University policy for weather-related cancellations and closings

University policy on extraordinary weather requires that normal operations continue to the extent possible. Essential services (i.e.: Facilities Services, University Services, Residence Life, Campus Life, Environmental Health and Safety, University Police, and Food and Health Services) must be maintained in spite of severe weather. When cancellation of classes has been declared, the President will notify the Department of Marketing and Communications to facilitate announcements via the campus' emergency messaging channels (NY-Alert, listserv email, website, etc.) and on radio and TV stations across Western New York, if appropriate. Fredonia's policy states that employees designated as Essential Service will report to work at scheduled start times and perform normal and customary duties in the event of an emergency, including but not limited to weather, power outage, etc. To learn more, visit

Tips to stay safe as you drive home

Here are some helpful tips to ensure you stay safe and are prepared to drive home in the winter weather.