January 15, 2018 1:35:11 PM
Mississippi State University's Starkville campus and the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus have canceled classes Tuesday due to the threat of inclement weather, officials from both universities announced.
The National Weather Service is predicting snow accumulations on road and bridge surfaces that are unlikely to melt because of protracted hours of sub-freezing temperatures, MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter said in a press release that urged students, faculty and non-essential staff not to attempt to drive in those conditions.
Perry Cafeteria will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for students and staff on MSU's campus. The on-campus Subway and Moe's, as well as the POD (convenience store) locations in Hathorn and Dogwood halls also will be open on Tuesday.
Mitchell Memorial Library will be closed, but the Sanderson Center will be open for regular hours Tuesday.
The MSU men's basketball game scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Humphrey Coliseum is expected to be played if the officials can travel to Starkville, the release said.
At MUW, spokesperson Anika Perkins said food services will operate at normal hours, and Stark Recreation Center will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fitness classes, however, are canceled.
MSU's release said the university would announce by 5 p.m. Tuesday whether classes would resume on Wednesday.
Perkins said she expects MUW would reopen on Wednesday but to stay tuned to local media, the university's website and social media for updates.
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