Normal Operations Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, as Baylor University Begins Spring Semester

January 15, 2024
Old Main with some snowflakes on the bushes

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UDPATE: 4:41 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2024

The Bill Daniel Student Center (SUB) will close early at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, resuming normal hours tomorrow.

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2024

Normal Operations Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, as Baylor University Begins Spring Semester

WACO, Texas (Jan. 15, 2024) – Baylor University will begin the spring semester Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, under normal operations. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing through Wednesday morning but with no precipitation in the forecast.

Local law enforcement and public safety personnel report that Waco-area roads are in good condition but advise motorists to continue to use caution when driving on area roadways. If students, faculty or staff are driving back to the Waco campus, please be cautious and use as a travel resource.


Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas will resume normal operations Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024.


Baylor Dining is open and operating as normal. (Reminder: Memorial Dining is closed for renovations through Feb. 16.) Dining updates are available at Baylor Dining’s websiteFacebook and Instagram.


Baylor Facilities staff has treated campus parking garages with deicing solution, and all parking garages are open. Please exercise caution on top floors, which may have some remaining slick patches.


Baylor University Libraries are closed today (Monday, Jan. 15, 2024) for the MLK Jr. holiday but will resume its regular operating hours on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024.


The McLane Student Life Center will begin regular operating hours on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024.


The Baylor Health Center in the McLane Student Life Center will operate as normal Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024.


If students are in need of healthcare or counseling, 24/7 access is available for on-demand urgent care and counseling services through Baylor Telehealth by AcademicLiveCare.


BUS Routes (Green, Gold, Blue, Red, Silver) will resume regular operations Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024.


Please continue to monitor the main Baylor website, Baylor Alert email/text messages and University social media, including Facebook, Instagram and X (Twitter) if additional updates are necessary. In addition, monitor local media outlets for the latest weather forecast and local conditions.

Waco TV

KWTX-TV Ch. 10 (cable Ch. 2, CBS)
KCEN-TV Ch. 6 (cable Ch. 3, NBC)
KXXV-TV Ch. 25 (cable Ch. 5, ABC)
KWKT-TV Ch. 44 (cable Ch. 14, FOX)


Waco Tribune-Herald
Baylor Lariat


KLRK-FM 92.9
KWBT-FM 94.5
KBGO-FM 95.7
KWTX-FM 97.5
WACO-FM 99.9
KBRQ-FM 102.5
KWBU-FM 103.3
KWOW-FM 104.1
KBHT-FM 104.9
KLFX-FM 107.3
KWPW-FM 107.9
KBBW-AM 1010
KWTX-AM 1230
KRZI-AM 1660

4:12 PM CT Friday, Jan. 12, 2024

University Monitoring Weather Conditions; Sub-freezing Temperatures, Dangerous Wind Chills Expected Sunday-Wednesday

WACO, Texas (Jan. 12, 2024) – With the 2024 spring semester starting on Tuesday, Jan. 16, Baylor University officials are monitoring National Weather Service forecasts that show Waco, McLennan County and Central Texas will experience a deep freeze from Sunday through Wednesday morning with temperatures remaining below freezing with dangerous wind chills for around 72 hours.

At this time, the University does not expect any disruption to the first day of class on Tuesday. Current NWS forecast models show the Waco/Central Texas area could receive some winter precipitation (freezing rain, snow or sleet), but the amount is uncertain at this time. Please continue to monitor the weather as conditions can change over the weekend.

Campus preparations by Baylor Facilities are already underway, such as adjusting building temperatures and limiting outside air intake, draining key outdoor water features, and dripping faucets. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has begun treating area roadways in anticipation of icy conditions.

Faculty and Staff, and students who are returning to the Baylor Waco campus, should take some important individual precautions:

  • Plan your travel ahead of time and monitor weather conditions.
  • Remember the Four P’s: Take care of people, pets, plants and pipes. For students who live in an off-campus apartment, follow your apartment manager’s instructions (ex: drip faucets and open your kitchen and bathroom cabinets). Students who live in an on-campus residence hall should check their Baylor email for any actions they may need to take from Campus Living & Learning.
  • Be very cautious on roadways, sidewalks and other surfaces.

BAYLOR DINING: Penland Crossroads is open and operating during regular hours. East Village will open Monday night with other dining halls beginning regular hours on Tuesday. Chick-fil-A in the SUB Food Court is expected to be open Monday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. REMINDER: Memorial Dining is closed for renovations through Feb. 16. Dining updates are available at Baylor Dining’s website, Facebook and Instagram.

UNIVERSITY OPERATIONS COMMUNICATION: Baylor officials will continue to monitor the weather throughout the weekend and into next week. If there are any changes to University operations, this information will be communicated to students, faculty and staff via Baylor Alert email/text messages, official Baylor social media, including Facebook, Instagram and X (Twitter) and on the Baylor website.