MU to close campus on Tuesday

Monday, February 25, 2013 | 4:34 p.m. CST; updated 2:59 p.m. CST, Thursday, March 7, 2013

COLUMBIA — MU will be closed Tuesday because of a large snowstorm forecast to enter the area Monday evening, according to the MU News Bureau.

No in-person classes, exams or events will be held, but online classes and hybrid classes that don't require classroom presence will continue as normal.

The storm is expected to dump 6 to 8 inches of snow on Columbia overnight.

Such a storm would be the second major snowfall in less than a week. Another winter storm dropped 10.2 inches on the area Thursday, according to a measurement taken at Columbia Regional Airport. This prompted MU to cancel classes Thursday afternoon and Friday.

MU officials will assess conditions Tuesday and determine whether to cancel classes Wednesday, spokesman Christian Basi said.

University officials also cited concerns from local and state authorities. The Missouri Department of Transportation has issued a "no travel" advisory for the state.

"The faculty and registrar will be discussing how to make up classes when they resume," Basi said.

MU Health Care and its hospitals will remain open, as will the MU Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, according to the News Bureau release. Here is a list of MU Health Care facilities that will not be open Tuesday.

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Mark Foecking February 26, 2013 | 6:47 a.m.

Stay out from under trees - the heavy wet snow is having an effect more like an ice storm. When I walked in to work this morning I saw a whole bunch of large branches already down or in the process of breaking. This storm may well be worse than the first one in terms of danger and property damage.


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Michael Williams February 26, 2013 | 8:53 a.m.

MarkF: It's not just falling limbs; it's also falling hunks of snow. The least bit of wind causes massive dumps of snow from branches. I live in the woods and was awakened many times last night thinking I had a large herd of raccoons or deer on my roof, so loud and constant was the falling hunks. One of those things lands on you, you'll be diggin' out for a week. Worst non-manmade snowball fight I ever saw. To hell with diggin' out the driveway.......

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Ellis Smith February 26, 2013 | 10:20 a.m.

Another problem, which typically occurs in the days AFTER a major snowstorm, is icicles, either around buildings or falling from bridges.

Left here at 7:40 am Sunday, picked up daughter in another local suburb, drove to Columbia, spent much of the time (as visitors) at Boone Hospital, stayed overnight, left Columbia on Monday at 1:30 pm, got here early last night - AND NEVER SAW A SNOWFLAKE.

We have 'em today, but it looks like we won't have many.

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