March 12, 2017

Winter weather tips and information

Photo by Rebecca Zenefski '10, By Rebecca Studios LLC.

Snowy weather and slippery roads add another layer of challenges in getting to campus and classes on time and completing academic assignments and projects. Advance planning and knowing where to look for the most up-to-date information can help you navigate this season.

How University decisions are made

St. Catherine University administrators and staff regularly monitor official weather reports and road conditions, including the National Weather Service storm warnings and watches.

The safety and security of the campus community — whether you live on campus, close to campus or commute from a distance — is important. The decision to cancel classes or, in light of serious weather conditions, to close campus, is carefully considered.

However, University leaders believe first and foremost that students and faculty make their own decisions and use their best judgment. If you feel that travel conditions where you live are unsafe, please contact your instructor directly to make special arrangements to obtain class work.

Where to find information 

If threatening weather conditions develop, or if class schedules and campus activities are impacted, current information from the University can be found at:

  • The Weather Hotline at 651-690-8666 (x 8666 on campus).
  • News headlines on the homepage.
  • The University's Facebook page.
  • Your mobile device if you subscribe to the St. Kate’s Alert System — so go to Kateway and sign up now! (login required)

The University will also use media weather update systems at WCCO-Radio (830 AM) and television stations WCCO (Channel 4), KSTP (Channel 5),Fox9 and KARE-11 to communicate the status of classes and events.

Don't get towed!


Please be aware of parking restrictions that individual cities may activate following significant snowfall. Both St. Paul and Minneapolis

Information about road conditions and driving tips

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has road condition descriptions for their popular 511MN.org that provides the most up to date road condition information for the state, including the Twin Cities metro area. Traffic cameras give you the ability to see roads at specific locations to plan your route.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service also has winter driving tips and other information to help you prepare for winter.