Due to plummeting wind chills, UND has canceled classes for the rest of the day Wednesday.
The university opened two hours late Wednesday, Feb. 12.
University offices will remain open and staff will report to work as scheduled, according to a release from the university.
Parking enforcement will be suspended for the day with exception of loading docks and handicapped parking.
The cold temperatures follow a blizzard which began pushing through the Red River Valley in the early hours of Wednesday. Interstate 29 is closed from the Canadian border to the South Dakota border, as is as is Highway 75 from Hendrum to Ada and Highway 2 between East Grand Forks to Crookston due to a ground blizzard that is creating zero or near-zero visibility.
The Herald has named the storm Blizzard DeAnna for DeAnna Carlson Zink, CEO of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation, which had a record-setting year in fiscal 2019, with $67.7 million raised.
The Herald has been naming blizzards since 1990, giving storms alphabetically alternating male/female names in an effort to honor local residents and also to log storms for the sake of history. The Herald generally uses names of people in the news, famous or mythical figures, or those with connections to the Herald.