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COLUMBIA, Mo. (KSDK) – In wake of a winter storm that glazed local roads with ice and blanketed much of the region in snow, the University of Missouri announced Tuesday that it will close its campus on Wednesday.

Only critical employees should report for work.

"This winter storm hit the region very hard, and we recognize that approximately two-thirds of our students, and the vast majority of our faculty and staff, have to drive to campus," said Gary Ward, interim vice chancellor for administrative services, in a news release. "Keeping this additional traffic off the roads will allow our crews, and crews from the city, county and state, to properly blade and treat the roads so everyone can travel safely to campus when operations resume. Our No. 1 priority at MU is safety for our faculty, staff, students and visitors."

All MU Health Care hospitals and the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital will stay open.