Winter Storm Ready

Winter Storm Ready Handout ImageWelcome to Appalachian's Winter Storm Ready web page. The site is a resource for all members of the Appalachian community to provide the most requested information about winter weather in Boone. This site is also one of the campus education efforts for Appalachian's own Storm Ready designation through the National Weather Service. We all enjoy winter weather, although there are some difficulties and risks that snow and ice create. Please take a few minutes to explore this page and the rest of the emergency web site. 

Have a safe and enjoyable winter season!

Download the Winter Storm Ready PDF

Click here to download a one-page PDF with the most important Winter Storm Ready information (PDF, 579 KB). The printable sheet is a great resource to hand out to your colleagues, roommates, or students.


Winter Weather at Appalachian




Winter weather at Appalachian usually includes snow, ice, freezing rain, and sleet from November through April. Those that have spent several years in the Boone area understand how quickly the weather can change from a sunny and mild day to a severe snow storm in only an hour. Appalachian students, faculty and staff need to become familiar with the Boone climate and check weather forecasts frequently throughout the winter months. 


For current, weather consitions on campus, click here!


If heavy winter weather is in the forecast, plan ahead! Plan on staying in your apartment or residence hall for a few days. Campus Dining Services will provide services as able; however, conditions may not allow for safe travel.


 Class Cancellation and Campus Closure



How Appalachian makes a decision to cancel classes:

Between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., university officials assess the conditions around campus and along major roads leading into Boone. In addition, future weather forecasts, potential hazards, and the status of partnering services, such as AppalCART, are also obtained. All information is discussed during a 4:30 am conference call between a team of university officials that includes the Provost, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management, Director of Human Resources, Director of Public Safety, Director of Environmental Health, Safety, & Emergency Management, Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Communications Officer, and the Critical-Crisis Communications Specialist. The team develops a recommendation for final consideration by the Chancellor, who will makes the final determination on the status of campus.    

The safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors is always the primary consideration when determining whether to modify the university’s operating schedule. Other considerations for cancellation and/or closure include forecasts, sidewalk accessibility, and a number of other variables based upon the specific weather event. Faculty, staff and students should become familiar with the Adverse Weather Policy for more information.

How Appalachian notifies students, faculty and staff:

Once the decision is made to alter Appalachian's operating schedule to include delays, cancellation of classes, or closure, information is posted to, Appalachian's hompage, telephone snow line (262-SNOW), campus e-mail and social media by 6 a.m. Students, faculty, and staff should monitor campus e-mail, the university homepage, the snow line, social media and local media for any changes to Appalachian’s operational status. Additionally, student, faculty and staff should become familiar with the Adverse Weather Policy. Students in off-campus programs should check the Extension and Distance Education cancellation page located here.

Follow on Social: Students, faculty and staff may follow @readyappstate and @appstate on Facebook and Twitter to receive information about winter storm preparedness updates, class cancellations or campus closings. This information supplements, but does not replace, the more detailed class cancellation or campus closing information sent via email or posted on

Winter Driving Safety




What about winter weather creates the greatest risk for Appalachian faculty, staff, students? Driving. Please consider the following recommendations when operating a vehicle in winter weather:

  • Clear:  Remove any snow on your vehicle’s windows, lights, brake lights and signals. 
  • Inspect:  Check your vehicle’s tires, wiper blades, fluids, lights, belts and hoses. 
  • Time:  Allow plenty of time to reach your destination safely. 
  • Limited Visibility: Stay attentive and reduce speed.  Know what’s going on around you.
  • Speed:  The faster you’re going, the longer it will take to stop; take it slow to avoid slipping or sliding. Ice and Snow, Take it Slow.
  • Black Ice:  You cannot see black ice on the road. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas.
  • Distance:  Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Brake:  Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly and never slam on the brakes. 

Don't drive unless you must!

 Winter Heating Safety 



 Fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings significantly increase in the winter months because of improper use of heating devices. Students that live on campus should be aware that no portable heating devices are allowed in any of the residence facilities. Appalachian also has an Open Flame Policy that prohibits the use of any open flame devices, including candles. Appalachian Facility Operations provides heat to all buildings on campus and the use of space heaters is not recommended (safety and sustainability). For the thousands of off-campus students, faculty, staff, the following are some basic heating safety recommendations:

  • Keep kids, pets and any objects that could burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment sources.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.

Contact the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management for more fire and heating safety information.


Additional Resources   



 AppalCart Route Changes and Announcements

Appalachian State University Adverse Weather Announcements

Appalachian State University Adverse Weather Policy 

Extension and Distance Education Class Cancellation Notices

National Weather Service Winter Weather Safety and Awareness

North Carolina Department of Transportation Travel Information

Weather: Appalachian State University

Winterize Your Course: LTS Workshop for Faculty

AppState-ALERT Registration for Emergency Voice and Text Messages


Student snow tubing on campus

  The bottom line - enjoy your winter at Appalachian, but be safe doing it.
Photo taken by University Communications.


Do you know where to find an accurate forecast? Go ahead and bookmark just a few weather websites that you can easily access. Check the weather forecast every morning because it may have changed. Appalachian State University lists the daily and weekly forecasts, as well as a number of reputable weather product providers, at Oh, by the way, the snow in this block is not necessarily representative of the actual forecast - just a nice looking graphic! You need to check for an actual forecast graphic.

Attention Faculty...Winterize Your Course!

Faculty looking to keep the learning going while classes are canceled should check out "Winterize your Course with AsULearn", a workshop offered by Learning Technology Services.

The workshop provides an overview to several of the tools available in AsULearn that can help keep the class going, even when you cannot meet in the classroom.

Visit this link for workshop information.

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