FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT: The University including the GHEC (Greenville Higher Education Center) will close for business today at 12 noon due to notification and warning from the National Weather Service of severe inclement weather. (see below). All critical university staff (Facilities Management, Campus Police, and Dining Hall staff) are required to ensure that continuing operational systems are in place, secure, and operational before departing the campus. At present, the University is scheduled to re-open tomorrow (January 15, 2013) and return to its regular working business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Any further potential changes in the University’s operational schedule will be communicated via the MVSU web-site and/or via e-mail through MVSU News. Please remember to take every precaution necessary towards ensuring your safety and security while traveling on the roads.
ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING..
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSON HAS ISSUED AN ICE STORM
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING. THE
WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* TIMING: FREEZING RAIN LOOKS TO START AROUND MID MORNING MONDAY AND
PERSIST INTO THE LATE AFTERNOON WITH FREEZING DRIZZLE POSSIBLE INTO
* MAIN IMPACT: ICE ACCUMULATION OF O.10 TO 0.25 INCH IS EXPECTED WITH
SOME HIGHER ACCUMULATIONS AROUND 0.50 INCH POSSIBLE
* OTHER IMPACTS: THE PRIMARY IMPACT WILL BE ICE ACCUMULATIONS ON
ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH AS BRIDGES...TREES AND POWER LINES. THIS
WILL CAUSE VERY DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS AT MANY LOCATIONS.
ALTHOUGH ROADWAYS REMAIN RELATIVELY WARM FROM THE PREVIOUS WARM
DAYS...SOME ICING ON ROADS WILL BE POSSIBLE AS WELL. ACCUMULATING
ICE ON TREES AND POWER LINES MAY CAUSE THEM TO FALL...RESULTING IN
DOWNED LINES AND SUBSEQUENT POWER OUTAGES.
AN ICE STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL
MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN
EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN
EMERGENCY. ICE ACCUMULATIONS AND WINDS WILL LIKELY LEAD TO SNAPPED
POWER LINES AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES THAT ADD TO THE DANGER.