Appalachian State Weather Closings History

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*Editor note: This list is updated as more information becomes available*

When extreme or severe weather hits the High Country there is always one event that seems to get more attention than just about anything else, Appalachian State closing.

“It must be bad if ASU is closed” or “They never closed when I was in school” are just two of the more popular sentiments expressed, both on social media and in conversations, when the university has to change schedules. However closings have occurred more than you may have thought.

At least 50 times since 1974 some or all classes have been canceled or the university has closed due to weather. There's a record of a closing on February 20, 1943 but it is not known if it was due to snow or another weather event.

This is an unofficial list based on information from the ASU news bureau, newspaper accounts and other unofficial records. To see the closings history for Watauga County Schools see this story.

Dec. 3, 1974
Dec. 5, 1974, snow 18 inches

Jan. 21, 1985
Feb. 13, 1985


Jan 28, 1986, day of Challenger disaster. Classes before noon were cancelled for cold or snow according to a Facebook report.

April 6, 1987


Unknown date in 1988, due to extreme cold/wind chills according to Facebook report.


Sept. 22, 1989, closed due to Hurricane Hugo causing floods and a sinkhole in the Legends parking lot.

March 15-19, 1993, blizzard

Jan. 28, 1998, snow 18 inches

Jan. 23, 2003, snow 6-8 inches
Jan. 24, 2003, 8 and 9 a.m. classes canceled
Feb. 17, 2003, Classes canceled, snow and ice

Feb. 3, 2004, classes before 10 a.m. canceled
Feb. 6, 2004, classes before 10 a.m. canceled
Feb. 26, 2004 classes before 10 a.m. canceled
Sept. 17, 2004, classes canceled due to Hurricane Ivan

Feb. 28, 2005, all classes canceled
March 2, 2005, 8 a.m. classes canceled
March 17, 2005, 8 a.m. canceled


No official or unofficial records found

Jan. 3 or 4, 2007, 8 and 9 a.m. canceled, black ice
Jan. 29, 8 and 9 a.m. classes canceled

Feb. 1, 2008, ice storm
Feb 27, 2008, 8 and 9 a.m. canceled
Feb. 28, 2008, 8 and 9 a.m. canceled

Jan. 21, 2009, 8 a.m. classes only were canceled, snow
Feb. 4, 2009, classes before 10 a.m. were canceled, snow
Feb. 5, 2009, classes that met before 11 a.m. were canceled
March 2, 2009, snow 8-12 inches
March 3, 2009, classes that occurred before 9:30 a.m. canceled, snow

Cancellations during week of final exams in December, exact dates not known

No cancellations because of weather


Oct. 29, 2012, classes after 6 p.m. canceled
Oct. 30, 2012, all classes canceled (both days related to snow from Hurricane Sandy)


Jan. 17 (Thursday) All evening classes on main campus were canceled, snow storm

Jan 18 (Friday) – Classes before 10 a.m. cancelled

Jan 25 (Friday) All classes were cancelled beginning at noon, Snow/sleet

Jan 30 (Wednesday) night classes cancelled, flooding

Feb. 1 (Friday) Classes before 10 cancelled, snow

Feb 4 (Monday) Classes before 10 cancelled, snow

Feb. 26 classes before 11 a.m. cancelled, sleet & freezing rain

March 6 – classes cancelled, ice with snow and blowing snow


Jan. 7, 2014, severe windchill (this was during break between fall and spring semesters)

Jan. 21, 2014, classes dismissed at 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 22, 2014, classes cancelled until 11 a.m.

Jan. 29, 2014, classes cancelled until 10 a.m.
Feb. 12, 2014, university closed at noon in advance of winter storm across the southeast.

Feb. 13, 2014, university closed; all classes cancelled.
Feb. 14, 2014. University opened at 10 with classes beginning at 11 a.m.

March 7, 2014 – all classes canceled. University closed until noon.
March 26, 2014 – Classes canceled until 10 a.m.

Fall Semester 2014

Nov. 18 – Classes canceled until 9:30 a.m.


 Spring Semester 2015

Feb. 16 – classes dismissed at 3 p.m.

Feb. 17 – classes canceled until 2 p.m.

Feb. 18 – classes canceled beginning at 4 p.m.

Feb. 19 – Classes canceled, severe wind chill predicted

Feb. 20 – Classes canceled until 10 a.m.

Feb. 24 – Classes canceled until 2 p.m.


Spring Semester 2016

Wednesday January 20 – Classes that begin at 5pm or later cancelled

Friday January 22 – all classes canceled

Feb. 10 – Classes canceled until 10 a.m.

Feb. 15 – Classes cancelled all day.


Updated information coming soon


2018 Spring Semester

Wednesday January 17 – All classes canceled

Thursday January 18 – classes that begin prior to 11:00 am cancelled.

Tuesday January 30 – Classes before 10am cancelled.

Monday March 12 – All classes cancelled

Wednesday March 14 – All classes cancelled

Wednesday September 12 at 5pm to to 5 p.m. Sunday Sept. 16 for Hurricane Florence

 Monday, Sept. 17, and Tuesday, Sept. 18. for Hurricane Florence

Classes that begin before 10 a.m. are cancelled on November 16 due to winter weather

Classes that begin before 10 a.m. are cancelled on November 28 due to winter weather

Classes after 1 pm cancelled on December 5 due to winter weather


Beginning at 5 p.m. App State classes on Tuesday Feb. 19 are cancelled; employees at Condition 2 

Classes that begin before 11a.m. are cancelled for Wednesday Feb 20


Classes that start before 9am are canceled for Feb 21

Classes that start before 11am are canceled for Feb 27

Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20 all undergraduate and graduate classes canceled due to coronavirus concerns.


  1. App State Cancelled classes during Sept of 1989 due to flooding from Hurricane Hogo. Professors could not get into town as most all roads that left town were inpassable in some fashion.

  2. Don’t remember the exact date but ASU closed when Hurricane Hugo came through in 1989. I was a freshman at the time.

  3. My thoughts? They sure cancel classes a lot more now than when they did in their first 75 years of operation!! I graduated in 1986. They were closed LAST WEEK because of Florence??? Is there some type of liability issue that I don’t understand?

  4. I was a sophomore, for the spring semester 1979 at Appalachian State. Classes were canceled on a Monday due to a major snowstorm over 20 inches that fell on that Sunday and Sunday night. I drove back from Chapel Hill to Boone, barely making it up the hill and when I got into my dorm room at Justice, the local radio stations were announcing that App State was closing on Monday. All that risky driving for 6 hours for nothing. Obviously this was before cell phones. My Mother was an absolute wreck from what my Dad has told me over the years. Does anybody else remember that snowfall and the exact dates?

  5. Jan, 21st 1985, Senior at ASU. I lived in an apartment on King Street and had an 8 am Geography class on campus. There wasn’t a lot of snow, but the wind was brutal gust over 60 and maintained around 30. The temp w/o the wind was -13′, with the wind, well, cold as hell. I ran to old Whitner Hall (History), then to Plemmons Student Union, the old Belk library, and finally to Rankin Science. A prof at Rankin had barometers, thermometers, hygrometers, all kinds of instruments to view. BUT, I got there at 7:59 and, right then, they called off classes due to dangerously low temperatures. I don’t think I’ve ever felt it that cold again. I might be off a little on my number, but not by much.

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