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Winter is Coming – Dress Warmly, Use Caution, and Sign Up for Alerts!

By Joseph Becker, February 7, 2019

Green River students, faculty and staff had the first snowfall of the 2019 winter quarter to thank for snow days during the first week of February. With classes canceled and operations suspended on Feb. 4-5 due to snow and icy conditions, the shortened week presented the opportunity for extra studying, or perhaps to binge watch a few favorite shows. With more snow in the forecast for Friday, Feb. 8, and leading into next week, it is important to be prepared for possible delays, class cancellations, or additional days of suspended operations.

The best way to ensure you are informed regarding campus closures and safety related information is to sign up for campus emergency and safety alerts through text or email. By enrolling to receive updates directly, you will always be up to date with the most current information. Updates will also be posted to greenriver.edu (an alert box will display during an active alert), Facebook and Twitter.

When the college is open after a snowfall, please be sure to allow for extra travel time getting to campus as roads, paths and parking lots may be slippery. After it has snowed, Green River Facilities and Safety crews set to work removing as much snow from pathways as is possible, along with applying de-icing to pathways and building entrances, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

If you encounter an icy area that needs attention, please inform Green River Campus Safety by calling 253-288-3350 or dialing 3350 from any campus phone (for emergencies, always call 911).

Snow days on campus are not a common occurrence, but it helps to be prepared. Dress warmly in layers, use caution, take your time, and be sure to take a moment to enjoy the season and the beautiful scenery on campus! Share your photos of the campus in the snow, or any time of year, by using #GreenRiverCollege and #WeAreGators!

Exterior of Green River College's Technology Center building during the morning after a snowfall in 2017.
Green River College Technology Center and pathways after a snowfall in 2017.

Exterior of one of the International Village buildings on the Green River College campus with snow on the ground.
Green River College MyIntyre International Village and pathways after a snowfall in 2017.

Green River College Administration Building exterior fountain and pathways in the snow.
The pathways, fountain, and Segmental Sculpture outside of Green River College's Administration Building after a snowfall in 2017.

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