Missouri State University’s process for deciding whether to postpone or cancel classes starts at 4 a.m. the morning of the inclement weather day. 

David Hall, director of university safety at MSU, said he and other administrators listen to National Weather Service briefings and also connect with MoDOT on current road conditions. The NWS issues early morning briefing when the forecast is predicted to impact people’s drive. The NWS provides weather bulletins three times a day during the spring when there is a severe weather concern.

Around 4:30 a.m. MSU administrators meet and evaluate whether it would be best to have a late start or cancel classes for the day, based on how much snow melt there is.  

Hall said he drives around the city to determine whether the streets are too dangerous to drive on. On Monday, Feb. 8, Hall said the roads looked icy when he drove around, and it was expected to stay cloudy throughout the day, so the administration decided to cancel classes. 

However, conditions seemed to improve. 

“By around the middle of the day, we noticed the ice on the streets had mostly melted and the campus could have just had a late start,” Hall said. “We work hard to make the right call on campus closures.” 

Hall said the roads looked clearer Tuesday morning than they did Monday, so administrators decided to hold classes that day around 5:30 a.m. But he said around 7 a.m., it started sleeting. 

President Clif Smart tweeted Wednesday about MSU’s inclement weather.


Hall said MSU administrators don’t usually cancel classes based on a forecast, because it usually doesn’t materialize. 

“We do our best to make the right decisions so students can make it to class,” Hall said.


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