Northwestern University officials have announced that the school will be closed Monday because of the severe weather conditions.
All classes will be canceled and libraries and offices will be closed on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses.
Monday had been scheduled to be the first day of winter quarter classes at NU.
University police, facilities management, residence hall dining staff and other essential personnel are being asked to report to work. Supervisors will contact those staff members who are needed to work for emergency purposes.
The National Weather Service is predicting snow, high winds and bitter cold for the Chicago area. Travel is expected to be dangerous, so members of the University community are advised to take appropriate precautions.
On the Evanston campus, Sargent Hall and Allison Hall will serve as warming centers for students who may need that emergency assistance. Other dining facilities will also be open and operate with extended hours. Norris Center will be closed.
A decision on the University's status for Tuesday will be made on Monday