The University of Missouri has announced the closure of its campus Friday in anticipation of an imminent ice storm.
"In anticipation of impending winter weather, University of Missouri officials have announced a full closure of the MU campus on Friday, Jan. 13. Only employees who are situationally critical will report for work. Normal operations will resume Saturday, Jan. 14.," the statement on the MU Alert page read.
"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 on Friday, Gary Ward, MU vice chancellor for operations said in a statement. "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."
Right now, officials at Mizzou are still urging students to avoid travel this weekend. They say residence halls will open Friday for any students in Columbia.
"As scheduled previously, we will have our residence halls open on Friday for any students who are in town," Jeff Zeilenga, assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs said in a statement. "We are urging students and parents to review travel conditions along any routes they might take to get to Columbia, and if at all possible, stay off the roads until Monday."
According to the university, all MU Health Care hospitals will remain open. The Veterinary Health Center will also remain open for emergencies. The MU Student Center, Student Recreation Complex and select dining facilities will remain open as well with limited services.