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Due to the forecast of snow and ice overnight, the severe weather and emergency conditions policy for Duke University and Duke University Health System will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. Classes held between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday will be canceled. Additional updates will be made later Friday about evening operations.

Only select Duke Health clinics previously notified will be open on Friday (see list below). Patients who were scheduled for appointments on Friday 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 Friday morning for use by staff in “Essential Service” positions when the severe weather policy is in effect. Members of the Duke community 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.

Due to the miles of roads, walkways and parking lots on campus, it typically requires 4 to 6 hours after precipitation ends to clear a movable snow (no ice/sleet) of 3 inches. Because this winter storm will likely include significant ice and freezing rain accumulations, additional time will likely be required to clear priority areas.

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. Duke will send emergency text messages in the event the Severe Weather and Emergency Conditions policy is activated.

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, Duke Primary Care and Duke Urgent Care will be closed Friday, Jan. 22, with the exception of the following clinics which will open at regular time:

  • Adult Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Clinic 2A: Infusion/Sickle Cell Day Hospital/Apheresis
  • Clinic 2H: Endoscopy/Bronchoscopy
  • Clinic 2B/2C
  • Outpatient Dialysis
  • Duke Cancer Center Clinics, Radiation Oncology and Infusion Center
  • Duke Fertility Center
  • MOHS Surgery at Patterson Place
  • Preoperative Screening Clinic at Duke South (2D)
  • 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.

If clinic staff members are unsure if they are Essential, Reserve or Delayed Service, they should contact their supervisor.