By Shannon Barbour
UPDATED 8:30 p.m.: The university announced it will delay opening until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday due to icy roads and harsh driving conditions. Baylor Law School will start classes at 9:15 a.m. Shuttle services will begin operations at 9 a.m., with residential dining restaurants continuing normally.
POSTED 7:30 p.m.: Baylor University canceled classes at 1:15 p.m. Monday, as wintery weather fell throughout Texas and most of the U.S, and halted Baylor University Shuttle transportation at 2:15 p.m.
Baylor’s campus began making arrangements for the weather at 10:15 a.m. when Baylor Police closed the top levels of all parking garages.
Baylor Law School closed at 2:15 p.m., while Baylor Nursing School in Dallas were closed all day.
Nationally, temperatures fell to between 25 and 30 degrees below normal. And officials canceled more than 1,000 flights in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, according to the Associated Press.
“Proceed with caution,” said Olivia Acker, Waco Police Department dispatch supervisor.
Acker also said Waco residents and commuters should be wary of black ice, bridges and overpasses, which have begun to freeze.
According to a Baylor press release, students, faculty and staff are advised to remain at home unless their presence on campus is necessary.
Students who live on campus will be able to eat at dining halls, but will not be able to eat at Baylor’s retail dining locations.
Baylor University Shuttle and the After Hours shuttle services were canceled at 2:15 p.m., according to the university’s Twitter.
The National Weather Service’s weather advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday for Waco. During that time residents can expect to experience freezing rain and sleet, according to the same weather service.
While parts of the northeastern U.S. could experience temperatures as low as negative 30 degrees tonight, Waco is expected to see temperatures no lower than 29 degrees.
The Waco Police Department issued no additional warnings to those of the National Weather Service.
School officials will continue to monitor conditions. They will inform students, faculty and staff at 5 a.m. Tuesday if any schedule changes will be made.
Baylor’s website and Twitter will be updated with more information, if necessary, about the weather.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.