Classes move online after snowstorm hits Portland

Campus operations will be limited for today

By William Seekamp | April 11, 2022 9:56am
Fallen tree branches on Willamette outside of Merlo Field. Due to inclement weather, in-person classes will not be held today.
Media Credit: Emma Sells / The Beacon

This article was updated April 11 at 11:30 p.m. to reflect updated hours for campus services and resources.

Classes will be online for the remainder of today after a snowstorm hit Portland early this morning, Acting President and Provost Herbert Medina said in an email to the UP community. The storm wiped out power across most of campus and much of University Park.

“We understand that power has been restored to campus, and that the snow will stop falling by late morning,” Medina said in the email. “Nevertheless, many roads in the metro area are not open; there are power outages throughout the region; and several local school districts are closed for the day.”

On-campus operations are scheduled to resume Tuesday with Founder’s Day, and snow is expected to melt as early as 11 a.m. today. Faculty will communicate with their students if they are planning to hold classes virtually, Medina said in the email.

The Commons is serving a limited breakfast with fruit, bagels and other baked goods. They will be serving lunch at 11 a.m.

This marks the first time it has snowed in Portland in April since 1940 and comes less than a week after it was in the upper 70s.

Below is the complete list of updated hours for campus services and resources:

Bauccio Commons, lunch – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner – 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Pilot House, lunch – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner – 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Mack’s Market, open until 8 p.m.

Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center, open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Clark Library, open 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Health and Counseling Center, open until 4:30 p.m.

Printing and Mailing Services, open until 4 p.m.

The Beacon will update this article as more information becomes available.

William Seekamp is the News and Managing Editor of The Beacon. He can be reached at