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CMU shuts down due to weather for second time in same week

A bulldozer moves snow Jan. 28 outside the Health Profession Building.

Central Michigan University has canceled classes for the second time this week and will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Around 3 p.m. on Jan. 29, CMU announced the closing. Last time, the university waited until about 9 a.m. on Monday to shut down for the day.

Classes that start after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 will also be canceled “due to extreme weather conditions and wind chill warnings,” according to the university alert.  

“Students are urged to stay inside tonight and tomorrow,” the statement reads “This is not a time to walk to friends’ houses, businesses, restaurants, etc. Stay inside.”

This morning, the university provided students and faculty information about how to keep warm by not letting any skin be exposed to the cold wind. 

CMU’s statement said the university “will continue to assess the situation — especially for Wednesday, when the wind chill is predicted to reach -27 in Mount Pleasant.” 

“During cold weather, your personal safety should be your top priority and preparedness is critical,” CMU’s statement reads. 

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for a majority of the Lower Peninsula on Sunday night. 

Over the next 24 hours, the National Weather Service expects wind chills to be as low at -27 degrees. There will be winds from 14-17 mph with gusts as high as 31 mph tonight.

Monday night Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that she was declaring a state of emergency in Michigan due to the forecasted temperatures.  

“Keeping Michiganders safe during this stretch of dangerously cold temperatures is our priority,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Such widespread, extreme conditions have not occurred in Michigan for many years and it is imperative that we are proactive with record-low temperatures being predicted by the National Weather Service.”

Michigan State University, which stayed open on Monday, Jan. 29, also announced this afternoon that it will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 30.