UW–Madison is generally open for business year-round and rarely closes as a result of snow or other inclement weather. In the event of a snow closing or large-scale class cancellations, information will be conveyed to the campus community via the UW–Madison home page and local media. In these instances, anyone planning to attend events on campus is encouraged to call ahead to ensure programs are being held.
In general, employees who would like to leave early due to poor road conditions are advised to use their own discretion regarding their health and safety, but are required to use accrued holiday, vacation or compensation time to cover any absences. In all cases, check with your supervisor. Supervisors are advised to grant approval of all employee-requested leave in inclement weather situations.
- Campus bus service may be impacted by weather. For more information on services and delays, visit Madison Metro online.
- Winter road condition information is available from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation online.
- For campus weather forecasts visit, the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
- Community-wide warnings for dangerous weather are sent automatically to cell phones and are provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through FEMA’s Wireless Emergency Alerts. Current participating carriers include AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. Alerts are sent automatically, are automatically targeted to the affected area, and rebroadcast until the emergency has passed and there is no longer a threat to the affected area. Wireless Emergency Alerts are free and there is no need to sign up. Click here for more information about Wireless Emergency Alerts.
- Other forms of notification include sirens, the Wisconsin Emergency Alert System and other local media. We encourage the use of a NOAA weather radio, local media, or mobile phone apps to keep tabs on severe weather.