Severe Weather Information
What you need to know before the weather gets bad.
When university officials think weather conditions pose a significant threat to the safety of students, faculty and staff who drive to campus, UNT will delay its opening time, close early or close for the day.
The university administration will make every attempt to decide about the need for a delayed-opening or closure as early as possible.
Online classes taught via Canvas are not affected by weather delays and closings, unless the course instructor otherwise informs students.
Check UNT website, Facebook and local media for weather information
Sometimes the university remains open during severe or winter weather conditions. When inclement weather conditions exist, visit www.unt.edu, check the UNT Facebook page or listen for weather details on local media outlets before you begin driving to campus. You can also follow @UNTEagleAlert to get emergency updates in real time.
Current UNT students, faculty and staff should receive an Eagle Alert message notifying you that the university is closing or if the opening time is delayed. Before severe or winter weather arrives, be sure your contact number is correct at my.unt.edu.
If the weather conditions could make driving dangerous, please check local media reports or this web site before setting out for campus. Only delayed openings or closures are announced. If an announcement is not made, then the university will be open.
The university may close and cancel classes in the middle of the day if weather conditions deteriorate. In those cases, in addition to the Eagle Alert, Facebook and Twitter messages, the university also will issue an Official Notice via Outlook and main telephone numbers for UNT departments may be forwarded to the university's Broadcast Notification System. The system will provide callers with up-to-date information.
If the university is closed for more than one day, you should check www.unt.edu for the latest information. The university also will post up-to-date information on our Facebook wall, tweet updates, provide the information to campus telephone operators, and inform news media.
Winter weather terms
- It may be helpful to learn these weather terms. A few important terms are:
- A "freezing rain advisory" means that periods of freezing rain or freezing drizzle will cause travel difficulties.
- A "winter storm watch" means conditions are right for ice and snow to develop.
- An "ice storm warning" means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel extremely dangerous or impossible.
- A "winter storm warning" means that an ice storm or snowstorm is entering the area.
- A "winter weather advisory" indicates that winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and hazardous driving.
Other campuses in the UNT System
If the university is closed for more than one day or if its opening is delayed, you should check the UNT web site at www.unt.edu or check the UNT Facebook page for the latest information. The university also will provide the information to campus telephone operators, and news media will be informed.
Information about road conditions
Sometimes the university remains open during wintery weather conditions. Individuals who commute long distances to campus may want to contact the Texas Department of Transportation's area hotline for information on road conditions at (800) 452-9292. The 24-hour recording is updated regularly and includes information on highways in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall counties.
For information on road conditions in other counties, call the Texas Department of Transportation directly at (800) 452-9292. View a detailed report of road closures that you customize based on your location.
To access the Broadcast Notification System or to reach the university switchboard, call (940) 565-2000 or metro (817) 267-3731.
For UNT employees
If you are considered an essential staff member, check with your supervisor about whether you should report to work.
To accommodate UNT employees who must leave early for work, UNT will make every effort to make decisions about delayed openings and closures before 3 a.m. At that time, the university will notify the campus telephone operators, post a message to the university web site and begin informing news media.
When inclement weather conditions exist, visit www.unt.edu or listen for announcements on local media outlets before you begin driving to campus. View a list of media outlets that will announce closures in the extended entry.
If your department does not have an updated calling tree to notify staff members about delays and closures, this is a good time to revise your document and distribute it to all your departmental members.
Buses and shuttle service
UNT's shuttle services is operated by Denton County Transportation Authority. Check the DCTA site for weather- realted service status.