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Surviving winter weather

Once snow begins to fly, university facilities and maintenance staff leap into action.
Once snow begins to fly, university facilities and maintenance staff leap into action.
Photo by Rebecca Zenefski '10.

During severe weather events, St. Catherine University administrators and staff monitor official weather reports and road conditions, including the National Weather Service storm warnings and watches. Local media are very attentive to severe weather and provide current information about impending storms and road conditions. 

Get campus updates

For the most current information; call the Weather Hotline at 651-690-8666 (x 8666 on campus). This is one of the resources updated first. 

If classes are cancelled or campuses are closed, a message will be sent out on the St. Kate’s Alert System — so sign up now (you will need to log in to KateWay). The Coeur de Catherine monitors will also carry the lastest information. Class cancellations or campus closures will also be posted here on the news site and on the official University Facebook page (“like” us now!) and on the Minneapolis campus FB page.

The college will also notify WCCO-Radio (830 AM) and television stations WCCO (Channel 4), KSTP (Channel 5), FOX9 and KARE-11. But please be advised, there is often a lag time between notification and the message appearing.

On campus services

Because St. Kate's is a residential facility for students, it never fully closes. During a winter weather event, facilities crews will clear snow from sidewalks, roadways and parking lots as quickly as possible. Members of the campus community who park on campus should be aware of the Department of Public Safety's parking policies in the event of a snow emergency (you will be prompted to log in to KateWay).

However, if classes are cancelled due to weather, staff may be unable to report to work at the Health and Wellness Center and Library.

In the event of severe weather, Sodexho will do its best to provide food service to the on-campus community.  If Sodexho is unable to fully staff all campus food services, the Dining Halls are the first priority followed by (on the St. Paul campus) the Pulse and the Coeur de Catherine Coffee Shop.


Safe driving information is available on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Minnesota State Patrol website and Facebook page as well as the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) site,

The Twitter feed for the Minnesota State Patrol’s Public Information Officer (MSPPIO) posts traffic accident updates (or follow the hashtag #MSPCrash). Please do not text while driving!

Key weather terminology

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service also has helpful information about winter weather terms and what they mean for your safety as well as resources. 

Feb. 20, 2014 by Julie Michener

See also: Faculty, Students