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Penn has suspended normal University operations, effective starting at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, due to “inclement weather.” 

As a result of the shutdown of University operations, the Panhellenic Rush Convocation, which was scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m., has been rescheduled for tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Irvine Auditorium, according to an email sent to all rushes by Assistant Vice President of Recruitment and Engineering junior Shivani Prakash.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of the Philadelphia region from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday due to the expected snow, sleet, and freezing rain. The light freezing rain is expected to bring ice to untreated surfaces, causing slippery road conditions and traffic congestion for the evening commute.  

Icy conditions started forming in the Lehigh Valley and West Philadelphia suburbs around 1 p.m., and will spread into Philadelphia around 3 p.m., according to NBC Philadelphia. The conditions will then move across New Jersey and Delaware throughout the early morning. 

The mixed precipitation is expected to decline in the late evening

The University sent a UPenn Alert to the community at 12:21 p.m. Monday to announce the suspension of activity. 

This is the second University suspension to occur this year, the first of which was announced on Friday, Jan. 5, following the “bomb cyclone” snowstorm that hit the U.S. Northeast. 

“Please exercise caution and take your time in traveling to campus, if possible utilize public transit if available,” the alert read.