EAST LANSING (WWJ) – A heavy winter storm is making the drive an obstacle course and a trip to the store a full-time job for many Michiganders.

But roughly 50,000 college students in East Lansing will be getting an extra day to study before classes resume for the Winter semester.

The roads are empty around the MSU campus. (Credit/Alex Bibicoff)

The roads are empty around the MSU campus. (Credit/Alex Bibicoff)

“The year is off to the right start,” says Alex Bibicoff a mechanical engineering student at MSU. “First a Rose Bowl win and now a snow day.”

“It’s a crazy scene on campus with groups of students walking around – nobody is driving out there,” he tells WWJ.

The university announced it was suspending Monday classes for students at its East Lansing campus because of heavy snow and extreme wind chill temperatures.

The release noted that MSU is switching to emergency procedures and critical functions will be maintained, and only employees supporting those critical functions are expected to report to work on Jan. 6.

Campus events scheduled for Jan. 6 and in-person services will be suspended.

University buildings will be closed to the public.

For students:

•All classes scheduled for Jan. 6 are canceled. Students should not come to campus. For students living in campus housing, one dining hall in each neighborhood will be open and serving food at regular hours. Olin Health Center will remain open.

•Classes at MSU’s medical campuses in Grand Rapids, Clinton Township and Detroit also will be suspended Jan. 6. Students in clerkships should check at their clinical sites to determine their hospital or clinic responsibilities.
For faculty/staff:

•Only personnel supporting critical functions should report to work. Employees should contact their unit administrator with questions.
•Several clinics at the MSU Clinical Center will remain open; please call your clinic before coming to campus.
For those on campus:

•Drivers are encouraged to park in MSU ramps and surface lots already cleared of snow.
•The Veterinary Teaching Hospital will continue emergency services. Routine appointments will be re-scheduled.
•Intramural facilities and the library will be closed Jan. 6.
Students, faculty and staff should continue to check www.msu.edu for updates.


  • Baker College-Auburn Hills
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Michigan State University
  • Oakland University
  • Oakland Community College(s)
  • Rochester College
  • Schoolcraft College
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • Mott Community College

There are a number of government offices that will be closed Monday because of the weather.


Federal Court in downtown Detroit is closed.

Canton Township offices along with the Public Safety Administration and Records Division will be closed.

17th District Court in Redford Township is also closed Monday.


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