All WMU campuses close early Friday, Nov. 18, due to worsening winter weather

Contact: Megan Looker

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Except for essential services, all Western Michigan University campuses will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, due to worsening winter weather. All classes scheduled for 4 p.m. or later are canceled.

This article will be updated with special hours as information becomes available. Check the University's events calendar to confirm whether an event is canceled. Those who have posted items to the calendar are expected to update the event post to indicate whether the activity will continue as planned or is canceled.

The WMU Hockey game is still scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Lawson Arena. WMU Theatre's "Pippin" is also still scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Shaw Theatre.

The Turkey Trot scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, has moved to a virtual race, open through Dec. 3. Packet pick-up is from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, as well as 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21-23 in the second floor lobby of the Student Recreation Center.


  • Dining ServicesThere are no changes in hours for Valley Dining Center. However, Bernhard Cafe' will close at 4 p.m.
  • Sindecuse Health Center will be open until 5 p.m. for existing appointments. There will be no fees today for no-shows or late cancellations. 
  • The Bernhard Center will close at 7 p.m.
  • WMU Busing—The Aviation shuttle is canceled for Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19.
  • The Student Recreation Center will close at 7 p.m. and the pool will remain closed Friday. Regular hours of operation are expected to resume on Saturday, Nov. 19, but check the SRC webpage for updates.
  • University Libraries—Waldo Library and Zhang Legacy Collections Center will close at 4 p.m. and remain closed all day Saturday, Nov. 19.


  • 1999, Jan. 4-5—Heavy snowfall delayed the start of spring semester.
  • 2000, Nov. 21-22—Thanksgiving recess began Tuesday because of snow.
  • 2006, Dec. 1—An ice storm downed trees and caused power outages.
  • 2007, Feb. 5—Extreme cold and snow closed many Michigan colleges.
  • 2008, Feb. 1—WMU closed due to snow.
  • 2009, Dec. 10—Blizzard conditions closed WMU.
  • 2013, Jan. 31—Snow and icy conditions closed WMU.
  • 2014, Jan. 6-7—Significant snowfall and expected severely cold temperatures prompted many Michigan colleges to close. The closure delayed the start of spring semester.
  • 2014, Jan. 27—Snow and cold temperatures closed WMU.
  • 2014, Nov. 18—Heavy snowfall closed WMU.
  • 2015, Feb. 2—A widespread snowstorm closed WMU and many others schools around the state.
  • 2016, Feb. 25—In an otherwise mild winter, a heavy snow accompanied by high winds closed WMU.
  • 2018, Feb. 9—Severe winter weather prompted WMU to close at noon.
  • 2019, Jan. 23—A mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow closed schools throughout the region.
  • 2019, Jan. 29—Severe weather prompted WMU to close 5 p.m.
  • 2019, Jan. 28—A snowstorm covered the Kalamazoo area in several inches of snow and closed many schools throughout Michigan.
  • 2019, Jan. 30—Snow and dangerously low temperatures due to wind chill prompted schools throughout the upper Midwest to close.
  • 2019, Jan. 31—Continued frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills close many Michigan universities for a second consecutive full day.
  • 2019, Feb. 13—Freezing rain followed by heavy snow closed the University.
  • 2022, Feb. 2—Rain turned to snow overnight, covering the Kalamazoo area in several inches of snow by midday.
  • 2022, Nov. 18—A lake-effect snow storm dropped more than a foot of snow, causing the University to close campus early.

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