UWF Notice: Severe Weather – University Closing at 3 P.M.

University officials are closely monitoring the severe weather potential that is forecast for tonight, Jan. 8 through the morning of Jan. 9 in Northwest Florida.

Out of an abundance of caution, the University of West Florida will close at 3 p.m. today and reopen at noon tomorrow, Jan. 9. This includes all classes, events, campus activities and online courses. The UWF trolley will suspend operations after its last route at 5:30 p.m. and resume operations at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Normal University operations, classes, events and campus activities will resume at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 9, unless conditions change, in which case, University officials will notify all students, faculty and staff.

The upcoming severe weather has the potential for strong storms with damaging winds up to 70 mph, tornadoes as well as heavy rain and isolated flash flooding. Please use your best judgment in regards to traveling to classes and events during the severe weather. 

As local school districts close tomorrow for severe weather, the University understands this may affect employees and students with children in school. If you are impacted by a local school closure, please contact your supervisor or instructor.

To ensure you receive future University communications, confirm that your contact information is up-to-date in the University’s communication system, “Mobile Alert.” Log in to and search “Mobile Alert” to update and add contact information. 

University officials encourage students, faculty and staff to learn more about storm preparedness at Weather information is available by tuning into WUWF at 88.1FM or online at Updates from the National Weather Service are available at and

The University communicates with students, faculty and staff via email,,, and the UWF Mobile Alert text messaging system. To learn more about Mobile Alert, visit

In the event of an emergency, please contact the UWF Police Department at 850.474.2415.