All WMU campuses close early Thursday, Dec. 22, due to impending severe weather

Contact: Megan Looker

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Except for essential services, all WMU campuses will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, for the remainder of the day due to impending severe weather. WMU winter recess officially begins Friday, Dec. 23. Review winter recess hours

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  • University Libraries—Waldo Library and Zhang Legacy Collections Center will close at 3 p.m. and remain closed through winter recess. The library facilities will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
  • The Bernhard Center, including Subway, PNC and the WMU Bookstore, will close at 5 p.m.
  • The Student Recreation Center main office will close at 3 p.m. and remain closed through winter recess. The SRC will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 4.


  • 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.
  • 2022, Dec. 22—Impending severe winter weather and blizzard warning cause the University to close early on the final day before winter recess.

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