Campus Life

'Midnight Clear' for snow removal in effect Sunday night

An Office of Physical Plant snow plow on University Park campus Credit: Patrick Mansell / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With significant snowfall forecast for Sunday, Jan. 31, into Monday, Feb. 1, a "Midnight Clear" for snow removal has been declared for Sunday night.

As a result, parking will be prohibited at all faculty/staff surface parking lots on campus, including Innovation Park, from midnight Sunday night through 7 a.m. Monday morning. This restriction includes University vehicles and applies to all employee work shifts, regardless of reporting time.

The roof levels of all four campus parking decks (East, Eisenhower, HUB, Nittany) will be closed beginning at 3 p.m. today (Jan. 29). All vehicles parked on roof levels today must be removed by midnight tonight.

If changes to campus and/or community transit service are implemented in response to this storm, Transportation Services will share them via its listserv, the Transportation Services website, and social media. 

Designated overnight parking areas — faculty/staff and department vehicles 

Departments with University vehicles, as well as any faculty or staff with vehicles remaining on campus overnight, must move them into one of the parking decks or designated overnight parking areas before midnight Sunday night.

Overnight parking for faculty, staff and departmental vehicles will be available through 7:30 a.m. Monday morning at the following locations:

1. All campus parking decks (East, Eisenhower, HUB, Nittany) — no parking on the roof level.

The Nittany Deck can accommodate vehicles with a maximum height of 6 feet 8 inches, while the Eisenhower and HUB decks will allow vehicles with a maximum height of 7 feet.

The ground floor of the East Deck will accommodate vehicles up to 8 feet 2 inches in height. The east bay (the section closest to Bigler Road) on the ground floor of the East Deck is reserved for oversized vehicles that do not fit in the other garages on campus. Vehicles that normally have to remain in one of the approved surface areas because of roof racks, truck caps, etc., may be parked in this area of the East Deck.

Signs will be posted in the East Deck reserving the east bay (closest to East Halls) for oversized vehicles. Once the signs are posted, regular vehicles (less than 7 feet maximum height) are prohibited from the reserved area and must park in another section of the deck.

2. Lot Orange H — two sections of parking located on the south side of Hastings Road (just east of University Drive and near student Lot 83).

3. Lot Orange A (Katz Building) — 10 spaces facing Services Road along the north side of the parking lot.

4. Lot Orange U — 10 spaces facing North University Drive in the southeast corner of the lot near USB II.

5. Areas with fenced parking compounds, such as Fleet Operations, Bryce Jordan Center, Physical Plant.

6. All farm areas.

Lots restricted until 3 a.m. 

The following campus lots will be restricted for snow removal from midnight through 3 a.m. Monday morning:

1. Lot Red A — west of Atherton Street.

2. Lot Orange U — section located west of USB I and north of the driveway.

3. Lot Orange O — section next to the Tower Road Landscape Facility.

Employees with a valid faculty/staff permit who must report to work early may park in these areas beginning at 3 a.m. Monday.

Parking at Innovation Park

Overnight parking at Innovation Park will be available during the "Midnight Clear" at the following locations:

1. 100 Building (Outreach Building) — back row of spaces in the southwest corner.

2. 328 Washington/330 Building — first section of parking on the left from the entrance from Innovation Boulevard.

3. 329 Building — first row of spaces in the section of parking located between Daybridge and 329.

4. 331 Building — back row of spaces in the northeast corner.

Oversized vehicles should be moved to one of the areas listed above. If it isn't possible to move to one of the designated overnight parking areas, special provisions can be made by calling the Transportation Services Office at 814-865-1436 or sending an email to

Commuter parking 

Jordan East, Stadium West and Porter North are not "Midnight Clear" restricted lots. However, no parking is permitted at these lots from 2 to 4 a.m., seven days a week.

Any student Commuter permit holders parked on campus Sunday must move their vehicles from surface parking lots before midnight Sunday night, and from campus parking decks before 2 a.m. Monday morning.

Resident and long-term storage student parking

Resident core and long-term storage student parking lots (Lot 22, Lot 42, Lot 81, Lot 82, Lot 83, Brown 11, and Lot 43) are exempt from "Midnight Clear" restrictions and will remain available for student vehicles displaying a valid permit for these areas.

Student permit holders utilizing other parking areas on Sunday must return to their assigned lot before midnight Sunday night.

While crews will provide snow removal and surface treatment in student parking areas, student permit holders are responsible for removing snow from on and around their vehicles.

Map and contact information 

Click here to view a map of approved "Midnight Clear" parking areas.

For questions related to the "Midnight Clear," email or call 814-865-1436.

Last Updated January 29, 2021