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Winter weather advisory

Duane Bonifer

Monmouth College officials are keeping one eye on the calendar and one eye on the weather forecast as the start of the 2017 spring semester approaches.

The semester is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 16. Students may return to residence halls beginning at noon on Sunday, Jan. 15.

But an approaching winter storm could affect those dates.

“We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus and starting another great semester, but there is a chance the start could be affected by the weather,” said Monmouth College President Dr. Clarence R. Wyatt. “Should the start of the spring semester be affected by the weather, we will make an announcement on the College’s website – – and digital and social media outlets.”

On Thursday morning, the National Weather Service posted a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” for the Quad Cities area. The National Weather Service forecast for the weekend included “rounds of a wintry mix” of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain. But the NWS forecast also noted that “there is still some uncertainty” about the direction, location and strength of the weekend storm.

“The safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our first priority, so we will monitor weather conditions throughout the weekend as things develop,” Wyatt said.