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Weather closing info at your fingertips

December 19, 2012

Photo of a snow-covered evergreen outside Altgeld HallWith the first snowfall of the season predicted for Thursday, university employees and students are reminded that there are numerous ways to check if the weather has forced the university to cancel classes or close campuses.

The quickest way is the university’s Winter Weather Information web page, which can be reached  by clicking on the snowflake on the NIU Homepage ( or directly, by visiting

The Winter Weather Information page includes information regarding the university status, as well as links to the National Weather Service for Winter Weather Advisories, Watches and Warnings.

In the event of Winter Weather Warning, the snowflake on the NIU Home Page will change to include the word “Warning.” Clicking on the snowflake icon will again take you to the NIU Winter Weather Information page, which will include detailed information regarding the operational status of all university campus locations.

Whenever classes are canceled or a campus is closed, specific notices also will be posted to:

Students and employees will be notified via their official NIU email address of campus-wide class cancellations, delayed start times, and/or emergency closures at the DeKalb campus or other campus locations (NIU Hoffman Estates, NIU Naperville, or NIU Rockford). Students and employees who have provided a mobile phone number in MyNIU also will receive closure information via text message to that number.

For the latest NIU Winter Weather Status information, employees and students also can call the NIU Toll-Free Weather Status Hotline. Local residents can call (815) 753-0215, while long distance callers can call toll free at 1-888-4NIU-OPEN (1-888-464-8673)