Update 18 January 4 P.M.:
All code orange/red weather alerts have ended.
This morning (Thursday, January 18th), the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) issued a ‘code red’ weather alert between 10:00 and 13:00 for a large part of the country, including Utrecht and the surrounding area. Utrecht University buildings will stay open and activities will continue as scheduled as much as possible.
The university advises employees and students not to go outside while the code red alert is active. Students who are not able to come to the university and who are therefore missing lectures or exams can make use of so-called 'force majeure' regulations, excusing their absence. To do so, there is no need to provide administrative proof.
We advise students and staff to keep an eye on the information channels of their faculties as well as the student website and the intranet.
Today a westerly gale will be moving across the Netherlands for a large part of the day, which can cause disruptions mainly in the morning and early afternoon. Weather alerts are issued by the KNMI in extreme weather situations when life-threatening situations may arise and the weather threatens to disrupt public life. Utrecht University is carefully monitoring the weather situation.