More Snow Looming, College Alters Dining Schedule

In the face of yet another winter storm that prompted state officials to suspend Sunday MBTA services, Harvard has altered its Saturday dining hall and library hours.

All 13 undergraduate dining halls will serve dinner from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde wrote in an email to students Saturday, and more modifications may be made to services Sunday. College Libraries, meanwhile, closed at 4 p.m. Saturday and will remain closed through Sunday, while student activities may go on uninterrupted Saturday.

Snow on Plympton
A student walks down Plympton St. last Monday evening, flanked by growing piles of snow. Amid forecasts of more wintry weather, administrators made the decision to suspend most operations at the University on Feb. 10.

The University is monitoring the coming storm, according to University spokesperson Jeff Neal.

The “powerful and very dangerous” storm, the National Weather Service reported, will develop Saturday night through Sunday morning with as much as a foot of snow expected in parts of New England. By Sunday night, Boston and surrounding areas will be faced with “extremely dangerous winds” reaching up to 28 miles per hour and temperatures as low as -25 degrees with wind chill.


Another storm system is expected to hit the region by midweek.

The MBTA will decide Sunday whether Monday service will go on as scheduled, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. In the past, the University has cited MBTA closings in decisions to suspend some of its own operations. The MBTA will not offer Saturday late night services.

The City of Cambridge declared a snow emergency and parking ban Saturday, effective at 7 p.m., prohibiting parking on designated streets.

Monday—Presidents’ Day—is a University holiday. Libraries scheduled to open on Monday at 9 a.m. are currently still slated to do so, according to Lassonde. Some sporting event schedules have also changed, he wrote.

In a historically snowy period, the University has already suspended most of its operations on three days in less than a month.

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—Staff writer Samuel E. Liu can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @samuelliu96.


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