Northeastern prepared as snowstorm thumps region

Facilities crews prepare on Monday for the snowstorm. Forecasters estimate that Eastern Massachusetts could receive well over a foot of snow on Tuesday. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

As the Boston area braced for a massive snowstorm expected to pound the region on Tuesday, Northeastern University cancelled all classes at its Massachusetts campuses and closed administrative offices on Tuesday.

Forecasters estimated that Eastern Massachusetts could receive well over a foot of snow, and the city of Boston issued a weather emergency. Yet, in these snowy situations, many members of the Northeastern community—facilities staff, public safety officials, dining services staff, student affairs, and many others—work around the clock and coordinate with each other to ensure critical university services continue.

The university’s snow team will be out in full force to manage the effects of the snow and maintain a safe campus. Northeastern Dining has also been monitoring the storm for several days and planning accordingly, said Maureen Timmons, director of dining services. She said that effort includes coordinating for dining staff to stay in local hotels overnight so they are available to work Tuesday, and reworking menus in case meal preparation is affected by food delivery delays or cancellations.

“No matter the weather, dining doesn’t stop,” she said. “Everyone is going to do their best. We have a very seasoned, dedicated team.”

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What’s open, closed, cancelled, and postponed

While classes at Massachusetts campuses are closed Tuesday, online classes will be unaffected by the storm. Northeastern’s campuses in Charlotte, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto will also remain open.

Snell Library will be open Tuesday for study only, and ITS services will be available. The Curry Student Center will maintain normal operating hours from 7 a.m. to midnight.

Facilities crews on Monday prepare for Tuesday’s snowstorm. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

Levine Marketplace is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Rebecca’s Café is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and International Village opens at 8 a.m.

The Marino Recreation Center is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., while the SquashBusters facility is closed.

The Business and Entrepreneurship Career Fair scheduled for Tuesday was cancelled. Other events, including those at Blackman Auditorium and the Curry Student Center, are being rescheduled or cancelled.

The Office of Housing and Residential Life postponed all housing selection times initially scheduled for Tuesday until Wednesday. Students are urged to check their Husky email for updates.

Athletics rescheduled student ticket sales for men’s Hockey East championship weekend to take place Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena. The baseball team also postponed its season opener on Tuesday against Hartford. The Huskies will now make their 2018 debut at Friedman Diamond on Saturday, when they will host a double-header against Holy Cross.