UK closed for expected inclement weather


Kendall Staton, News Editor

The University of Kentucky closed campus at noon on Friday, March 3, due to upcoming inclement weather, UK announced in a press release. 

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch and high winds warning. The tornado watch is effective until 5 p.m. today, and the high winds warning remains until 1 a.m. tomorrow, March 4.

In-person activities beginning at noon or later were canceled, and students were advised to contact instructors if they have any questions about the status of their online classes.

”UK is taking this step to close early after reviewing weather forecasts, which call for strong winds, flooding and potential tornadoes this afternoon,” the release from the university said. 

UK dismissed on campus employees at noon, excluding designated Plan B workers who are required to work on campus today. 

UK HealthCare remains open and operating on a regular schedule. Champions Kitchen and the Fresh Food Company will be open until 8 p.m., while all other on-campus dining locations closed at noon, according to the press release.

The Gatton Student Center will close at 10 p.m. today.

The press release advised the campus community to be prepared to take shelter. 

“Identify your safe shelter location now ahead of severe weather,” the release said. “In the event of a severe storm or tornado warning, follow these protocols:

  • Protect yourself from lightning and flying debris – seek shelter immediately.
  • Stop what you’re doing and move to an interior room or hallway on the building’s lowest level. 
  • Avoid outside doors and windows. 
  • If you are on campus, find recommended shelter locations marked on the emergency floor plans posted throughout campus buildings.”