UPDATED: Northeastern moves Friday instruction to remote due to winter storm


Quillan Anderson

Winter Storm Oaklee is set to leave up to a foot of precipitation in Boston Friday morning. This follows a Jan. 31 snowstorm which left nearly two feet of snow in the area.

Clara McCourt, managing editor

This story was updated at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 25 to include the remote instruction of all Friday classes.

Northeastern has moved all in-person classes on its Boston campus to remote instruction due to a snowstorm that is likely to bring at least 4 to 6 inches of snow and sleet to New England, the university said in an email Friday. 

This follows yesterday’s announcement of a delayed opening for some in-person classes that began before 10 a.m. Yesterday’s email also postponed admissions tours and recommended remote work to non-academic administrative agencies. 

“All members of the campus community are advised to exercise caution. The safety of our community is always our most important priority,” the Feb. 24 email said. 

The upcoming snowstorm, dubbed Winter Storm Oaklee, is set to change from snow to mixed precipitation which will last through Friday afternoon. The Feb. 25 email said the decision to switch to remote instruction was made because the storm is set to intensify. 

In a Jan. 28 interview with The News, Senior Chancellor for Learning Ken Henderson said that the university had planned to keep having traditional snow days.

“Right now we’re expecting if we do get snow days, we’ll have snow days. We don’t have a policy in place that’s changed from the previous policy of snow days in regards to the use of technology,” Henderson said.

Operations at the Cabot Testing Center, Marino and Squashbusters fitness centers, Snell Library, Curry Student Center and all dining halls still remain unchanged according to the Feb. 24 email. The 7 p.m. men’s hockey game against the University of Connecticut will proceed as planned, according to Friday morning’s email.

Massachusetts is currently on a winter storm warning per the National Weather Service, effective until midnight Friday. This has also halted travel across central, eastern, northeastern and western Massachusetts.

“The snow will quickly become heavy falling at the rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour at times Friday morning. This will have a significant impact on the Friday morning commute … If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency,” read the memo from the National Weather Service.

In the email, Northeastern announced that any changes to their inclement weather plan will be communicated to the student body as soon as possible. 

“The university monitors the weather closely and will provide updates to the campus community via email, social media, and the university homepage,” the university said.