UK cancels classes Wednesday; expects to be open Thursday

LEXINGTON, Ky. — University of Kentucky classes are canceled for Wednesday because of severely cold temperatures. A UK Alert and a message from UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday were distributed to the campus community Tuesday night. UK HealthCare hospitals and clinics will be open and operating on a normal schedule Wednesday.

Below is the message from Eric Monday:

Dear Campus Community,

Classes and business operations for the University of Kentucky campus will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

We are on Plan B for emergency closure due to weather. That means only designated employees show up for work. For details about that status, you go to this site for more information: https://www.uky.edu/see/severe-weather-procedures.

For more information, please go to www.uky.edu/alerts.  

Current predictions are for bitterly cold temperatures and dangerous wind chill levels that are expected to last throughout much of the day tomorrow. Such conditions significantly increase the potential for frostbite with even limited exposure.

Even with classes canceled (Wednesday), many university functions must remain open:

  • UK HealthCare – the hospitals and clinics – will remain on normal operating schedules.
  • Most of UK’s dining facilities, the Gatton Student Center as well as the Johnson Center and Alumni Gym fitness centers also will be open.
  • A complete list of what is open – and hours of operation – can be accessed here: www.uky.edu/alerts. We will update that list, if and when operating hours for facilities change or need to be adjusted.
  • UK Libraries, including W.T. Young Library, will be closed Wednesday.

UK said in its release that it anticipate classes and operations returning to normal schedules on Thursday. Even though cold temperatures will persist, wind chill levels are currently predicted to lessen, lowering the risk of exposure. We will communicate as quickly as possible the status of UK operations on Thursday.

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