Classes may be can­celled amid the impending storm but the bliz­zard is no match for Northeastern’s Facil­i­ties crews. As part of a com­pre­hen­sive snow-​​removal effort, around 100 workers will be out in full force throughout the storm to shovel, plow, sand, and salt around campus. The division’s fleet of machinery includes trucks with plows, Bobcat utility vehi­cles, snow blowers, and dozens of good old-​​fashioned shovels.

We have a safety-​​first view here on campus, and we’re being very careful about our deci­sion making to pro­tect the North­eastern com­mu­nity and keep it safe,” said Jack Malone, director of phys­ical plant ser­vices for North­eastern Facil­i­ties who has been with the uni­ver­sity for decades and has seen his fair share of snow­storms hit­ting the campus.

No two storms are alike, Malone said, but Facil­i­ties has fine-​​tuned its oper­a­tion over the years to be pre­pared for all kinds of weather cour­tesy of Mother Nature. That strategy involves col­lab­o­rating with gov­ern­ment offi­cials at the city and state level, the Mass­a­chu­setts Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency, and other local uni­ver­si­ties to ensure its snow­storm response is fast and effi­cient. Facil­i­ties’ snow-​​removal effort will also extend to the university’s other area campuses.

The uni­ver­sity is closed and all classes are can­celled Friday and Sat­urday, as the campus braces for a bliz­zard that is expected to dump up to 3 feet of snow on the region. Saturday’s ath­letic and aca­d­emic events, including all Wel­come Day activ­i­ties will also be can­celed and/​or rescheduled.

The uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity is asked to mon­itor the emer­gency web­site for weather-​​related updates and infor­ma­tion about those essen­tial oper­a­tions and resources that will remain open and avail­able throughout the storm. Weather-​​related updates will also be com­mu­ni­cated to the campus com­mu­nity through var­ious chan­nels, including email, text mes­sage and the uni­ver­sity homepage.

All-​​day parking permit holders are asked to park in the Gains­bor­ough or Columbus parking garages and not in any of the sur­face parking lots (North, Columbus, Camden) on Friday. This will help the snow-​​removal process.

Facil­i­ties offi­cials empha­sized that campus safety is its top pri­ority, and urged the North­eastern stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff to take a common-​​sense approach to man­aging the storm.