Snow & Ice Management Program

Virginia winters can bring inclement weather which results in difficult pedestrian and vehicular travel. In order to best meet the needs of our campus community, priorities and regulations have been established for snow and ice management. Safety is our first priority when allocating resources. With many miles of campus walks and roads, it typically takes our staff several days to address main priorities following a winter storm. Snow and ice management is a program responsibility of the Landscape and Grounds division, but critical support duties are assigned to personnel through nearly all of Facilities Services. If you notice delayed response times and routine tasks not being accomplished, it is because snow and ice management has taken a higher priority.


Note: The Stafford Campus and Dahlgren Campus, are covered under individual programs. Snow and ice management at these locations, as well as Eagle Landing and the UMW Apartments,  is accomplished through contracted vendors.

In general our snow and ice management priorities are:

  • Emergency vehicle access
  • Main entries to Residence Halls
  • Access to and from Residence Halls to Seacobeck via main walks
  • Main entries to Academic and Administrative buildings
  • Access to Academic and Administrative buildings via main walks
  • Faculty/Staff and commuter parking
  • Residential student parking
  • Event support

We realize the importance of our students and faculty/staff arriving safely at their destination. UMW faculty/staff and students are encouraged to wear proper footwear for snowy and icy conditions, and to plan on taking extra time and alternate routes to reach destinations. Detailed snow/ice control priorities are attached. Please use these priorities when planning your travel on campus. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience in respect to snow and ice management.


Priority I – opened as soon as possible and re-checked perdiodically during the event

Priority II – opened as soon as Priority I are open and maintainable, may re- close due to additional precipitation or refreezing, will be re-opened

Priority III – opened if possible but only after Priority I & Priority II are opened and maintained, may re-close due to changing conditions

Priority IV – will not be opened until conclusion of the event

Snow & Ice Priorities


Snow Emergency parking regulations will be put into place when there is a threat of snow, sleet, hail, freezing rain, or ice. Notification of a Snow Emergency declaration will be by email.

No vehicles are allowed to remain in Snow Emergency Areas after 10 p.m. No student vehicles are to be parked in any Faculty/Staff parking lots.

“Snow Emergency Areas” include:

  •  Faculty/Staff lots
  • Commuter parking lots
  • Pizza Hut parking lot
  • Double Drive -BOTH sides of inbound and outbound
  • Top level of all parking decks (Alvey Drive and Eagle Landing)
  • All driveways/roadways on campus.

Any vehicle on University property interfering with snow removal operations is subject to towing at any time during the snow emergency declaration at the owner’s expense. This includes any UMW assigned  Service/Pool Vehicles for all departments and contractor vehicles that are left unattended/overnight on campus. Vehicles may be moved to the following locations:

  • Sunken Road lot #13 - located outside the Alvey Drive Parking Deck
  • Battleground lot #33 – located on Hanover Street

Any vehicle on University property interfering with snow removal operations is subject to towing at any time during the snow emergency declaration at the owner’s expense.

Lots will reopen at 7 a.m. the morning following the Snow Emergency declaration unless the University is declared closed or moves to a delayed opening. Under either of these conditions, all Snow Emergency Areas including, Faculty/Staff parking lots, Commuter Parking, Double Drive, Pizza Hut parking lot and the top level of the Alvey Drive and Eagle Landing parking decks will remain closed to parking until the University officially reopens.

When a snow emergency is declared, the Alvey Hill access to the Sunken Road lots will be closed. Unsafe conditions often lead to the closure of the upper entrance to the UMW parking deck. If this occurs access to the UMW Parking Deck, Sunken Road North lot (area #11), and Sunken Road South lot (Area #13) will be through the gate to Sunken Road.

When a snow emergency is declared, the Marshall Hill Drive will also be closed.

“Snow Emergency Areas” include:

  • Double Drive – Area 01
  • Jefferson Square – Area 27
  • Jefferson lot – Area 26
  • Marshall Drive – Area 24
  • Campus Drive
  • Woodard Campus Center – Area 14
  • Lee Hall lots – Upper and lower – Area 17 & 18
  • Anderson Center Drive and Staff parking lot – Area 07,
  • Alvey Drive
  • Monroe/Willard (North) lot – Area 15
  • Monroe Hall lot South – Area 16
  • Pizza Hut lot – Area 35
  • Ridderhoff-Martin Gallery lot – Area 04
  • Seacobeck lot – Area  04
  • Simpson lot and drive – Area 05
  • GW/Dodd/Westmoreland Hall lot – Area 02
  • Thornton Street lot Fac/Staff – Area 29 & 29
  • Jepson Science Center lot – Area 06
  • Mayre lot – Area 20
  • Brent – Area 22
  • Jepson Alumni Executive Center lot – Area 32
  • Facilities Services lot – Area 34
  • UMW Parking Deck Level 4 Top Deck – Area 10
  • Eagle Village Parking Deck  Top Deck – Area 09

Any vehicle on University property interfering with snow removal operations will be subject to towing at any time of the day or night at the owner’s expense.

Upon completion of snow removal in Faculty/Staff and Commuter lots, all student lots will be closed at 7PM. Notification of student lot closings will be by E-mail. During this period students will be allowed to park in designated Faculty/Staff lots until 7 AM. Vehicles remaining in student lots are subject to being ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

All designated handicapped parking spaces, except those at Woodard Campus Center, are exempt from Snow Emergency Regulations.


During the official faculty/staff Winter Holiday snow/ice removal plans and priorities will be modified. Snow removal for vehicular access to buildings for emergency response will commence with snow accumulations of 4″ or more.

Buildings occupied by during this time will be provided with snow and ice melting chemical, abrasives and shovels. Staff and residents will be responsible for their own building access.