Winter Weather Traffic and Parking Emergency Procedures
The following procedures and guidelines must be followed when a snow and ice traffic emergency is declared. This designation goes into effect when road conditions deteriorate to the point where road travel is difficult. Generally, this occurs when the road is significantly iced or approximately three to four inches of snow has fallen.
- Emergency snow routes
When emergency winter conditions exist, all vehicles parked along designated emergency snow routes must be removed or they will be towed at owner's expense. Learn more.
By midnight on the day that a snow and ice traffic emergency is declared or at a time designated by university officials, all resident students must have their vehicles parked in the resident lots. Students and employees must be out of the lots to allow for the snow to be plowed. Learn more.
- Bus transit
During inclement or severe weather bus transit may be impacted. Blacksburg Transit and SmartWay/SmartWay Express Bus will update their websites with schedule changes.
University contact information
Decisions to alter the normal schedule for the university are made as quickly as possible and are communicated to employees and the community in the following ways:
- University Status Page
- Virginia Tech official social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter)
- Campus-wide email to all vt.edu accounts
- Electronic message boards in classrooms
- The weather/emergency hotline (540-231-6668)
- VT Phone Alerts
- VT Desktop Alerts
Note: These are the only official sources of information for authorized closings and delayed openings for the Blacksburg campus and facilities in the immediate Blacksburg area (excluding off-campus extension offices).