For the safety of Colby’s students, faculty and staff, the College is closing all non-essential areas and canceling classes and athletics practices starting Sunday evening. A major winter snowstorm with heavy snow and high winds was projected to reach central Maine overnight and continue throughout much of Monday, and traveling in these conditions is potentially dangerous.

The Alfond Athletic Center and Miller Library were set to close at 7 p.m. Sunday. Essential services at Colby–to include physical plant, security and dining services–will be operational, and immediate health and counseling services will be available for students to reach by phone. Students are being asked to remain inside except for necessities such as visiting the dining hall, and to travel in pairs while outside on campus.

“Thank you for staying safe,” Dean of the College Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94 said in an email to students. “We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work to return the campus to normal operations.”

The safety of the entire community is of utmost importance. Any updates to the snow closure will be sent by email and posted at www.colby.edu, and on the College’s official Twitter account.