For the 14th time since the blizzard of 1978, classes will be cancelled and The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus will be closed, on Wednesday.
The university closed at 11 p.m., on Tuesday, and it is scheduled to reopen at 7 a.m., on Thursday.
University officials said the decision was made after reviewing the forecast which is calling for wind chills, well below zero.
“University leadership consulted with medical professionals, the Department of Public Safety and many other resources on campus before making the decision to close campus,” said Dan Hedman, a university spokesperson. “One of the things that’s really important at the university is the safety of our students, faculty and staff. That’s always paramount for us and that was a big factor in this decision.”
Essential staff is expected to report for work.
According to a university news release, all Wexner Medical Center locations, as well as all veterinary, dentistry and optometry clinics, will be open.
Additionally, Student Life’s Student Health Services and some campus dining facilities will also be open.