The University has established uniform instructions in the event of a severe storm, winter storm and/or tornado.  Severe weather conditions would include the possibility of high winds, rain, lighting, ice, hail, funnel clouds, freezing temperatures, etc.

Understanding the difference between a winter storm watch and a winter storm warning:

  • The National Weather Service issues two types of severe weather notices; watch and warning.
  • Severe Storm/Winter Storm WATCH indicates a severe winter storm is possible until a set time.  During a watch, you should monitor the weather and be prepared.
  • Severe Storm/Winter Storm WARNING indicates a severe winter storm has been detected by either sight or radar.


  • Know and become familiar with the University closings policy so in the case of a winter storm it is understood how the University will communication information.  Click here for University closing information.
  • Have a flashlight or other light source (light stick, cell phone, etc.) available.  Battery-powered options are recommended.
  • Plan to monitor weather through the use of the radio, television, or internet.  Remember although a closure decision can be made at any time, the Provost will generally make a decision to close the University early on the morning of the closure.  The decision to close is based on the latest information and physical conditions.


  • Monitor the weather through local stations (see links below) for upcoming ice and snow storms.

KXAS, NBC Channel 5

WFAA, ABC Channel 8

CBS Channels

  • Be aware of changing weather conditions through out the day whether at school, work or at home.
  • Check the TCU Home page for updates to delay opening or closure information under the Top News Stories heading.  Link to page.
  • Upon notification of the University closing, normally by the TCU ALERT system, determine how to safely get home or if at home remain inside.  Please note, faculty and staff considered to be essential employees will need to report to work at their regular time or remain at work.  It is up to each department to communicate to their faculty and staff who is considered an essential employee.  It is possible that some areas will be more severely affected than others, so even if the University remains open, please keep your personal safety in mind.  If you know your route to campus will be treacherous, do not attempt to make a dangerous trip.
  • If needed, upon return, contact Physical Plant Control Center (817-257-7956) ice-melt or sand to be placed on icy areas on campus.
  • Any questions or concerns, Please contact TCU Emergency Preparedness at 817-257-7778.