UK classes cancelled Wednesday due to frigid temperatures

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)— University of Kentucky classes are cancelled for Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, because of anticipated severely cold temperatures.

A UK Alert and a message were distributed to the campus community Tuesday evening.  UK HealthCare hospitals and clinics will be open and operating on a normal schedule Wednesday.

Classes and business operations for the University of Kentucky campus will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

UK is on Plan B for emergency closure due to weather. That means only designated employees show up for work. For details about that status, you go to this site for more information: https://www.uky.edu/see/severe-weather-procedures.

For more information, please go to www.uky.edu/alerts

Current predictions are for bitterly cold temperatures and dangerous wind chill levels that are expected to last throughout much of the day tomorrow. Such conditions significantly increase the potential for frostbite with even limited exposure.

Even with classes cancelled Wednesday, many university functions must remain open:

  • UK HealthCare – the hospitals and clinics – will remain on normal operating schedules.
  • Most of UK’s dining facilities, the Gatton Student Center as well as the Johnson Center and Alumni Gym fitness centers also will be open.
  • A complete list of what is open – and hours of operation – can be accessed here: www.uky.edu/alerts. We will update that list, if and when operating hours for facilities change or need to be adjusted.
  • UK Libraries, including W.T. Young Library, will be closed Wednesday.

UK says they anticipate classes and operations returning to normal schedules on Thursday, Jan. 31. Even though cold temperatures will persist, wind chill levels are currently predicted to lessen, lowering the risk of exposure. They will communicate as quickly as possible the status of UK operations on Thursday.

Because of tomorrow’s expected weather conditions, we urge those of you who can to stay inside.

These websites — https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2010-115/pdfs/2010-115.pdf and https://www.weather.gov/safety/cold-during — discuss the types of weather conditions our community will face tomorrow and contain tips for how to dress as well as signs of frostbite and related issues.

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