Severe Weather Policy

The YMCA of Greater Syracuse is dedicated to meeting the needs of the community. That’s why we’ll always do our best to stay open and run programs. In the event of severe conditions, branch executive directors will make closure-related decisions to limit risks to members and staff.

In cases of deteriorating conditions and possible delayed opening or building closings, please check branch Facebook pages, our Twitter page, our web site (, or Channels WSTM 3, WTVH 5, WSYR 9 or Spectrum News 10. All members with a valid email address in the YMCA’s database will receive an email notification. East YMCA and Manlius YMCA members who use our M-Dock app will receive a text message.

Closure levels will generally increase with the severity of the weather:

All YMCA activities will be held, with the possible exception of School Age Child Care programs, which will follow local school cancellations. Our Southwest branch will follow OCC’s closure policy. Please use caution when traveling.

Branch events, programs, and classes are cancelled, but facilities will remain open. School Age Child Care programs will follow area school cancellations. Our Southwest branch will follow OCC’s closure policy.

All YMCA events, programs, and classes will be cancelled and all facilities will be closed, with the exception of the Downtown YMCA residence.

Some programs of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse (running and triathlon, for example) have outdoor components. In the event of severe weather or extreme high or low temperatures, program directors, following National Weather Service guidelines, have discretion to move or cancel outdoor classes and activities and will communicate to members on site and through the group Facebook pages.