Severe weather potential prompts Cornell to move Reunion events indoors

The potential for severe thunderstorms and gusty winds in and around Ithaca on Saturday has prompted Cornell University to move most of today’s alumni events indoors. The school is hosting some 7,000 alumni for its annual Reunion Weekend.

Kids take cover from the rain at Cornell's alumni reunion. 14850 Photo.

Kids take cover from the rain at Cornell’s alumni reunion. 14850 Photo.

Cornell made the call on Friday night, and has been working to implement indoor plans for many of the outdoor dinners and receptions scheduled for today.

One change is that the Big Red Band concert with guest conductor Dr. Henry Heimlich, from Cornell’s class of 1941, can’t be held on Bailey Plaza. Organizers hope to bring the band onto the stage in Bailey Hall following the State of the University address, and have Dr. Heimlich conduct there.

Receptions and dinners scheduled for outdoor tents have been moved to indoor spaces, including some Cornell dining halls. Attendees can check Cornell’s online Reunion schedule for location updates.

Meteorologist Drew Montreuil of Finger Lakes Weather says this morning that the likelihood for severe weather in the Finger Lakes has diminished, but the best chance for storms in our area is 1-5pm today.

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