Polar vortex

University of Michigan Central Campus
Andrew Cluley

For decades University of Michigan students could count on classes taking place, no matter the weather. But in January for the first time in 36 years classes were canceled.  A new policy is designed to avoid confusion some employees had about if they still needed to brave the elements to get to work.


Space Science And Engineering Center- University of Wisconsin - Madison

Had enough of the cold and snow already? It has been the snowiest January in this area in history. Add in the polar vortex and frigid temperatures, and it's been a somewhat trying winter. Why is it happening, and will it continue to happen in winters to come? 

 This week on Issues of the Environment our guest is  Dr. Tom Kovacs, Associate Professor of Meteorology at Eastern Michigan University.  Kovaks teaches courses on the effects of climate change on weather and will discuss the consequences for our county.

Non-profit organizations like Food Gatherers are feeling the impact of the frigid temperatures, snow, and ice.

 

Eileen Spring is the Executive Director of Food Gathers. She says this has been the most challenging winter she can remember.

 

SEE ALSO: As SNAP Benefits Decrease, Food Gatherers Ramp up for the Holiday Season

 

Spring says warmer weather will not only be a welcome sight, but will make a big difference in getting food to those who need it.

 

She anyone who is interested in getting involved with Food Gatherers or any of the organizations they work with can visit  www.foodgatherers.org/

 

 

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

18 warming centers have been established throughout Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to give the homeless a place to come in out of the cold.

 

Executive Director of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, Ellen Schulmeister says shelter is available to anyone who needs it, and the Delonis Center is operating under relaxed amnesty standards through Wednesday.

 

Those in need of shelter can also stay during the day if needed.

 

Shelters will remain open to the public through Wednesday, although specific hours of operation vary from one location to another.

 

If you need housing or shelter call 734.961.1999

 

 

— Bob Eccles is a reporter and the host of 89.1 WEMU's All Things Considered. Contact him at 734.487.3363, email him reccles@emich.edu, or follow him on Twitter @BobEcclesWEMU

The University of Michigan
University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Tuesday canceled classes for the first time in 36 years.  School officials based the decision on the extremely low temperatures forecast, and the danger they pose to students traveling across campus to attend classes.     University of  Michigan spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald says other parts of the university, such as the Health System, remained open. The cancelation of classes was a departure from Michigans's controversial decision earlier this month to remain open during a similar cold spell.

Ann Arbor News, Ypsilanti News
WEMU-FM

Sub-zero temperatures and  frigid wind chills have once again forced school districts throughout the region to cancel classes on Tuesday, January 28th.

A complete listing for Washtenaw, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland and Wayne Counties is available to you here.

Listen to 89.1 WEMU for latest developments throughout the evening.

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A number of shelter and warming centers are open across Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to help the homeless community deal with the frigid temperatures. 

Ann Arbor City Council Monday night received an update on the community's response to the winter storm. 

In additional to the long list of school closings, there are other institutions and business closings their doors today.

The Ann Arbor Hands on Museum

The University of Michigan Credit Union

Eastern Michigan University Financial

Recycle Ann Arbor's Drop-Off Station on Ellsworth Road

Recycle Ann Arbor's Re-Use Center will be open but will not be accepting donations.

Ann Arbor News, Ypsilanti News
WEMU-FM

All Non-Essential Washtenaw County Government Operations and Buildings are closed.

Pittsfield Township Government offices are closed.

Ypsilanti Township government offices and the 14-B District court are closed. People with scheduled court appearances should contact the court on Tuesday.

The 15th District Court in Ann Arbor is closed and those scheduled to appear at Court today will be contacted by Court representatives to reschedule.

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled.

The Ann Arbor Housing Commission is closed

The Ann Arbor and the Monroe Social Security Administration offices are closed 

The Ann Arbor Hands on Museum is closed.

Garbage and recycling will be delayed by a day for Pittsfield Township residents.

The Ann Arbor District Library will open at noon today.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is urging all patients who have non-urgent appointments at any of our hospitals and outpatient care centers to stay home. Contact your care provider to cancel your appointment and reschedule for a later date. The Michigan Heart offices are closed through noon today. Radiation Oncology for outpatient services are closed for the day. Most other offices as well as St. Joe's emergency departments will remain open.

The U of M Health System says it will keep all of its hospitals and outpatient care centers open.