ISS & University Closure Due to Severe Winter Conditions – January 30 & 31

ISS and many UW-Madison’s offices are closed due to extremely cold temperatures. ISS will close at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29 and will plan to reopen at 12-noon on Thursday, January 31. UW-Madison will continue monitoring the weather and will make announcements about campus future operations through various communication channels including email, social media, etc. as more information is available. You can also stay updated at and

Your well-being is very important to us, so ISS encourages you to take care of yourself and avoid being outside. If you have a question and it can wait please consider delaying a visit to our office till next week or send us an email instead. If you need to submit a request for an immigration update (be it Option Practical Training, Change of Major, Reprint, or Reduced Course Load), know that our forms can be submitted online or through the ISS Application Drop Box as a single PDF.

It is expected that severe winter conditions will continue dominating the Madison area till the end of the week. Unfortunately, the temperature will continue falling to around -25F (-32C) over the next several days and wind chills are expected drop to between -40F (-40C) and -50F (-45C) on Tuesday night. The city of Madison has a wind chill warning from 6:00 pm Tuesday, January 29th through 12:00 pm Thursday, January 31st. For many of you, the current winter weather has been a new experience. Given the potential for such severe weather, it is very important that you stay safe and minimize your time outdoors.

If you need to walk across campus, make sure that you dress appropriately for this cold weather and cover your skin as much as possible, especially if there is a wind chill advisory. Please review the information from UHS about taking extra measures to stay safe: You might need to plan more time to travel by Madison Metro bus.Check the Madison Metro website to stay informed about their services.

Stay safe and warm, and take good care of yourself!

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