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Due to the forecast of significant snowfall overnight, the severe weather policy for Duke University and Duke University Health System will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. Classes starting before 5 p.m. will be canceled Thursday. A decision about Thursday evening activities and classes will be made tomorrow.

Only select Duke Medicine clinics previously notified will be open on Thursday (see list below). Patients who were scheduled for appointments on Thursday have been notified accordingly of the clinic status. Duke Primary Care clinics will be working to open key urgent care centers as early in the day as possible to maintain patient access to care.

All staff in “Essential Service” positions should report to work or remain at work. Gates on parking garages will be open for use by staff in “Essential Service” positions when the severe policy is in effect. Staff in Essential Service positions should use priority snow/ice clearing routes to travel to and from campus buildings during winter weather since normal routes may not be cleared or treated initially. All employees “Delayed Service” positions should not report to work or remain at work when the policy is in effect to allow for crews to clear parking lots and roads more effectively.

Duke officials will continue to monitor weather forecasts and communicate updates as conditions warrant. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to register for text message updates if not already signed up for the DukeALERT notification method. Ongoing updates about events and campus operations, including roads, parking lots, busing routes, dining facilities and Duke stores, will be posted on the DukeALERT website.

Clinic Operations:

Due to expected winter weather, Duke University Hospital Clinics and Private Diagnostic Clinics will be closed Thursday, Feb. 26, with the exception of the following:

  • Adult Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Clinic 2H:Endoscopy/Bronchoscopy
  • Outpatient Dialysis
  • Duke Cancer Center clinics
  • Duke Cancer Center Radiation Oncology
  • MOHS Surgery at Patterson Place
    Preoperative Screening Clinic
  • Valvano Day Hospital

For each of the sites above, patients will be contacted to confirm their appointment time. All other PDC and Duke Hospital Clinics will be closed, and patients will be contacted to reschedule their clinic appointments.