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MU Officials Urge Students to Check Forecast Before Traveling

Classes scheduled to begin on Tuesday

January 14th, 2017

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri officials continue working with area meteorologists as they prepare the campus for the beginning of the semester on Tuesday. Due to changing storm conditions, MU officials are urging students and parents to check the forecast before deciding to travel to campus.

“Depending on the route they are taking, ice could still be a significant factor on Monday,” said Gary Ward, vice chancellor for operations. “Some roads might be fine while others could be hazardous. Students and parents should check the road conditions along their travel routes before making a decision to come to campus.”

More information about road conditions in Missouri can be found on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Traveler Information Map.

Currently, classes are scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Students who have difficulty returning to campus will need to contact their professors to complete any missed work.

Ward and other campus officials also expressed gratitude for those who have been working during the storm.

“The storm started out slower than anticipated for Columbia, but I can’t thank our staff enough for the work they did to prepare the campus and those who were working in our residence halls, research labs and other areas,” Ward said. ” Additionally, our MU Health Care employees ensured that our university hospitals were open and able to provide seamless care to our community.”