Seasonal weather information

Snow Removal Procedures and Removal Priority-Setting

During storms, our first priority for snow removal is main road routes to ensure emergency access and then primary walkways. The campus wayfinding project has defined primary, secondary, and tertiary routes (see map below).

Attention to some walkways and parking lots may not be possible until at least 24 hours after a storm has subsided. Keep clear of snow removal equipment for your safety and to expedite their response to storm conditions.

If there are specific snow clearing concerns that members of the University community face on an ongoing basis, we welcome input and feedback so that we can continue to deliver the best possible service within available resources.

REMINDER: Parking is prohibited in all parking lots between 3AM and 6AM. We use this time for snow removal.

Sand Bins

Despite our best efforts to clear snow and ice, slippery conditions may still exist. Green (or yellow) sand bins are placed throughout the campus during the winter months. Use sand from these bins to aid with traction on slippery areas. Report slippery areas to us at ext. 43793 (24 hours.)


During the spring term, you may notice many geese around campus. From early March up until early May geese are observed to mate and nest. You may also see goslings around campus as well. Plant Ops does not attempt to disturb geese or their goslings during this time, and we try to work around them. We ask that all students and staff act accordingly during this season. Geese may be more aggressive. 

Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Paths

Below is a map that identifies the primary, secondary, and tertiary paths as defined by the campus wayfinding project.

main UW pathways

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Navy Blue: Primary Path - North/South

Purple: Secondary Path - East/West

Light Blue: Tertiary Path