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Weather Advisory Thursday, Dec. 22 through 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24

December 21, 2022

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL - - Due to the winter storm warning in place for the region, a weather advisory is in place for WIU's Macomb and Quad Cities campuses from 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 through 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. Both campuses will remain open. The WIU Campus Recreation Center will close at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22.

In general, the University will typically remain open provided campus buildings are accessible. When the University issues a weather advisory, it is ultimately the personal responsibility of faculty, staff and students to make their own decisions regarding attendance and to use their judgment concerning travel conditions. Supervisors should plan accordingly to continue operations when inclement weather is expected. University offices may be short staffed or closed due to the advisory. The WIU policy on limiting University operations because of emergency conditions is available in the Administrative Procedures Handbook

Those who are currently working remotely should continue to do so or leave can be taken with approval of their supervisors. Employees working in essential positions may be required to work their regular hours on campus during a weather advisory. Essential versus nonessential employees is determined by a supervisor and depends on the nature of the advisory situation.

The weather advisory allows employees the option to use accrued vacation time, compensatory time or approved leave without pay with approval of their supervisor. An employee who has received approval from their supervisor will not be subject to discipline for being absent. Supervisors are expected to honor reasonable requests of employees to arrive late or to leave early because of inclement weather.

Warming Centers
Due to the extreme cold temperatures forecasted for the region, two of Western Illinois University's residence halls are designated as warming centers for area residents.

Corbin and Olson commons, on the Macomb campus, will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. for anyone in need of a place to warm up. Drinking water refilling stations are located on the first floors of Corbin and Olson halls.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for portions of western Illinois, southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri for Thursday (Dec. 22) through Saturday morning. A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet, freezing rain or wind will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Winter driving conditions in Illinois can be found at

For more information on ways to protect yourself from the cold, see winter safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

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