Winter Storm Jonas

Posted: January 21, 2016 at 11:11 am

Dear Patriots,

George Mason University is actively monitoring a severe winter storm that is expected to affect our region this weekend. Given the current forecast, it is likely that the university will close Friday afternoon or evening and potentially remain closed throughout the weekend.  

The university will make decisions about the operating schedule as far in advance as possible. Please be advised that announcements about class cancelations, closure of administrative offices, and cancelation of events are communicated through email and text messages via Mason Alert (, on, and on University Information phone lines (703) 993-1000.

The best way to stay informed is to register your cell phones with Mason Alert. This will ensure that you receive text message notifications about changes to the university’s operating schedule and other emergency messages. It’s also advised that you monitor the storm via local media.

Please take precautions in advance of this storm. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to prepare by purchasing necessary items, such as food, medication, and toiletries before Friday afternoon. Students who are concerned about safely getting to and from the university on Friday to attend classes should discuss their individual circumstances with their faculty. Faculty and staff who have challenges getting to and from work during inclement weather should discuss informal telework or leave requests with their supervisors.

Once the snow begins, the university will need to act quickly to clear roadways, walkways, and parking areas. To help, please move any cars that are parked in surface lots into parking decks beginning at 10:30 p.m. Thursday. ALL vehicles MUST be removed from surface lots by Friday at noon; vehicles that are not moved are subject to being ticketed and towed. This message does not apply to resident students at Beacon Hall.

If you are on campus after noon on Friday, here’s a list of parking decks where you can park your car:

  • The visitor areas in Mason Pond Deck (levels 1-2) and Shenandoah Deck (level 1) will be open on Thursday after 10:30 p.m.
  • The overnight restrictions in Rappahannock River Deck on levels 1-2 will be waived Thursday night; students may park in these areas.
  • Other parking deck areas may be opened Friday as needed.

Faculty and staff should keep in mind that timesheet submission and approval deadlines are still in effect.  Please consult the payroll calendar for details.  For guidance regarding timesheets during inclement weather, please visit Inclement Weather Guidance.

Thank you for your cooperation.   

David Farris

Director of Safety & Emergency Management

Environmental Health and Safety Office

George Mason University