COLUMBIA, Mo. - UPDATE, 9 p.m.: University officials announced that the school will operate as normal on Friday.
School spokesman Christian Basi said a grounds crew will be in early on Friday to monitor the road and sidewalk conditions for slick spots that might form overnight.
Students may begin moving back into the residence halls at 9 a.m. The school's Residential Life department asked those traveling to Columbia to watch road conditions ahead of time.
ORIGINAL: The University of Missouri announced Thursday that due to impending winter weather, a full closure of the MU campus will take place at noon.
Officials said "situationally critical" employees will still perform their normal jobs.
“Due to a winter weather advisory for our area and out of concern for the safety of our campus community, we have decided to close the campus at noon on Thursday,” said Gary Ward, MU vice chancellor for operations. “We have been working closely with local and state officials and, given the current information, believe this is the best course of action at this time. Depending on road conditions a decision will be made early Friday morning as to whether to resume normal operations."
The University Hospital facilities will stay open, as will the Veterinary Health Center, the MU Student Center, Student Recreation Complex and select dining facilities.
Officials will make the decision to reopen the campus by 5 a.m. Friday.