As Chicago braces for some of the coldest weather in more than two decades, Loyola is weighing cancelling class.
On Wednesday, the national weather service (NWS) is forecasting temperatures in Chicago to reach -9°F, with wind chill expected to make it feel like it’s in the negative 20s and 30s and in some cases up to -55°F. That’s dangerously cold. Long stretches of time outside with exposed skin in that cold could cause frostbite in as little as five minutes, the NWS warned.
In a community message sent to students and staff via email Monday afternoon, the university said it is continuing to monitor the weather and could close Wednesday due to the historic subzero temperatures.
“Our priority is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff while maintaining essential campus operations for the many students who live on or near our campuses,” a statement by interim provost Margaret Faut Callahan and vice president for administrative services Thomas Kelly read.
The university said it’ll notify the community of a cancellation by 2 p.m. on Tuesday. A cancellation message will show up in your Loyola email, on the Loyola homepage and through other communication channels, the message said.
They’ll also be sending notifications out if any classes are rescheduled, the message said.
The last time Loyola canceled classes was during a record-setting blizzard in Feb. 2011. It’s the only time in the past three decades they’ve cancelled due to winter weather.
The university also passed on some cold weather tips in its message. It includes layering up loose-fitting clothing when going outside, avoiding exposed skin outdoors and eating meals such as soup and warm beverages.
Drinking both caffeine and alcohol should also be avoided, as it inhibits the body’s natural defenses against cold. Wearing boots to stay dry is also a must.
For on-campus residents, set thermostats to at least 65°F and close windows to keep cold air from freezing pipes. Any residents with heating problems should call university facilities.
Off-campus residents should check out our Phoenix 101 Cold Weather guide.