Severe Weather Notification Plan: Winona Campus

Severe winter weather conditions may cause individual class and/or event cancellations even though the campus remains open.

WSU students, faculty and staff are urged to make cautious decisions regarding travel. If you feel the weather is too threatening, contact your professors and/or supervisors and explain your situation.

How can students find out if individual classes are cancelled?

The WSU homepage is the official source for information on closings and cancellations. In the event of any weather-related cancellations, an initial campus-wide notice will be sent, linking to a list of cancelled classes and/or events posted in an orange "Severe Weather Alert" banner on the WSU homepage. New in fall 2013, students will also receive an individual message to their WSU email account when a specific class for which they are registered has been cancelled.

How can instructors cancel individual classes?

WSU faculty members cancel their classes via an online program ( available via desktop, laptop or smartphone. The cancellation will prompt an automatic confirmation email to the faculty member as well as to the students enrolled in the cancelled class, and the notice will be added to the list of cancelled classes linked from the orange "Severe Weather Alert" banner on the WSU homepage. Faculty members without internet access may contact their office manager and provide name, verification and course information.

How should event organizers cancel events/activities occurring during evening hours or over the weekend?

Bad weather may force event organizers to cancel an event/activity scheduled during evening hours or over the weekend. If possible, the event sponsor should contact the University Communications Office (507.457.5024) ahead of time if inclement weather is predicted. When the final decision is made to cancel the event/activity, the sponsor should call WSU Security at 507.457.5555 to provide event details such as time, location and any rescheduling/ticketing information. The University Communications Office will post notice of such cancellations in an orange “Severe Weather Alert” section on the WSU homepage.

Severe winter weather conditions may result in any of the following actions, which will be decided by WSU administration:

  1. closing the University
  2. cancellation of all classes
  3. cancellation of non-academic activities
  4. delayed opening

How can students and employees find out if the University is closed or all classes are cancelled?

Because WSU is primarily a residential student campus, closings are rare. When weather conditions are extreme and pose a serious danger for travel within the City of Winona, the campus may close, and the information will be announced publicly on the WSU homepage, via WSU email and using various media resources. In the case of imminent adverse weather conditions—such as a tornado or flood advisory—additional methods of communication may be employed for campus notification purposes.

When the campus is officially closed, all classes, events and extracurricular activities are cancelled. The decision to close Winona State University-Rochester is made independent of the Winona campus and in consultation with Rochester Community and Technical College.

Please note that WSU only announces closings or cancellations. If you hear nothing about WSU being closed, assume the campus is open and classes are being held as scheduled.

The decision to close the Winona campus is normally made by 6am. The decision to cancel evening classes is normally made by 3pm. University officials will notify the following news media. To verify media announcements on campus closings/class cancellations, consult the WSU homepage. The WSU homepage is the official source for information on closings and cancellations.


Winona Daily News


Winona Rochester Red Wing La Crosse Twin Cities
KQAL 89.5-FM
KAGE 1380-AM
KAGE 95.3-FM
KWNO 1230-AM
KWNO 99.3-FM
KHME 101.1-FM
KNXR 97.5-FM
KROC 106.9-FM
KROC 1340-AM
KYBA 105.3
KWWK 96.5
KLCX 103.9
KWEB 1270-AM
KRCH 101.7-FM
KCUE 1250-AM
KWNG 105.9-FM
WIZM 1410-AM
WIZM 93.3-FM
WKBH 100.1-FM
Magic 105 (104.9-FM)
Eagle 102.7-FM
Classic Rock 100.1-FM
WLFN 1490-AM


Winona Rochester La Crosse Twin Cities Eau Claire
HBC Cable 20 and 25 KTTC - 10
KXLT - 47
WKBT - 8 (7) [7]
WXOW - 19 (11) [18]
KSTP - 5
WCCO - 4
WEAU - 13
(The number in parentheses is Winona Charter Cable system's channel designation for La Crosse stations.)
[The number in brackets is Winona HBC Cable system's channel designation for La Crosse stations.]


In the event of weather-related cancellations, the WSU Communications Office will post a list of cancellations in an orange "Severe Weather Alert" section on the WSU homepage. The posting will contain specific information about severe weather closing or class cancellations on days when such events occur.