University Facilities will make every effort to ensure that
campus roads remain passable for emergency vehicles throughout the
snow removal period.
The University at Buffalo (UB, university) will make every
effort to ensure that all campus roads remain passable for
emergency vehicles throughout the snow removal period. This is
always the first priority. Final snow clearing curb to curb may be
performed later in the process, but initially roads must be kept
- A twenty-four person day shift crew will be on duty from 6:00
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from mid-November through
late March. University Facilities will also have an eight person
snow/ice removal crew working on campus Monday through Friday from
4:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and a two-person crew working Saturday
6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. From January 2 until late March, an
eight person third shift crew will be on duty from 11:30 p.m. to
8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.
- The Town of Amherst will respond to snow and ice conditions on
John Audubon Parkway and the Flint/Rensch entrances to the Audubon.
University Police will notify the Town of Amherst as needed. The
University Facilities Grounds Department salts the Flint
entrance/exit bridges over Millersport Highway, in addition to
services supplied by the Town of Amherst.
- If an overnight snowfall creates a situation where roads have
been opened but the parking lots will not be usable before 8:00
a.m., the senior snow removal supervisor on campus must continually
assess this situation. If a campus closure or restrictions are
needed, the decision is made by 5:00 a.m. This process will
determine whether a campus can remain open after a snowstorm,
remain open with limited parking available, or if it must
University Police call the Chilled Water Plant. The Chilled
Water Plant engineer dispatcher calls a Grounds Supervisor.
Snow removal in parking lots is more difficult and time
consuming than roadway snow removal.
- Heavy, dense snow requires a major effort to remove. It takes
more time, requires more heavy duty equipment, leads to more
equipment breakdowns, and may require snow blowing or trucking to
remove snow from the lots. When heavy, dense snow falls, parking
lot plowing will start when approximately two inches of snow has
- Light density snow may be deeper yet less troublesome. Smaller
pieces of equipment may be used. This type of snow presents less
difficulty for driving or walking and may melt after the first thaw
following the snowfall. When snow is light and powdery, removal of
the snow may start after about four inches of snow has fallen.
- For any snowfall, full parking lot clean-up is accomplished on
the night following the snowstorm when most cars have vacated the
- Plowing of residential parking lots is a much more challenging
task than lots for commuter students, faculty, or staff. Access to
parking in residential lots is typically a 24 hour a day
The list below details priority access sites. These areas are
maintained on a continual basis and have priority as high as campus
roadways. This plan is intended to provide orderly and prioritized
methods to fight most snowstorms. Each storm will present different
problems. The on-site grounds supervisor may need to continually
adjust the plan to achieve the most benefit from the personnel and
equipment available at the time.
During winter months, university parking lots and roadways are
inspected on a continual basis by University Police. When snow or
ice removal is required, University Police contact the Chilled
Water Plant, which is staffed around the clock.
The Chilled Water Plant engineer makes contact with the Grounds
crew from Facilities Operations to clear snow or salt icy areas.
The staff available to remediate the snow and icy conditions varies
by the day of the week, and hour of the day. When adequate staff or
resources are not available, call-in procedures are implemented to
bring appropriate resources on campus to deal with the weather
Many of the situations faced by the grounds crews are influenced
by the time of day that the storm hits, the day of the week, or
time of the year. We are also mindful of the fact that residence
hall occupancy, ADA, class sessions, and general university
business dictate a varying degree of response. A period of high
level of activity, with classes in session and full residence hall
occupancy, dictates a higher level of response than would be
required during periods of time when there are no classes scheduled
and residence halls are lightly occupied.
120 John Beane Center
Buffalo, NY 14260
Campus Road Conditions:
Phone: 716-645-2345 (only active during winter months)
Phone: 716-645-NEWS or 716-645-6397