Snow forces UO, OSU to close

UPDATE: All University of Oregon classes, events and non-essential services beginning at 2 p.m. or later Friday will be suspended due to continuing winter weather conditions in Eugene.

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University will close its main campus in Corvallis at noon Fridday because of excessive snow that is becoming packed, creating hazardous conditions.

A forecast for temperatures down into the teens Friday night prompted university officials to close early.

"We want students, employees and visitors to safely reach home before temperatures drop to potentially dangerous levels," said Steve Clark, vice president for University Relations and Marketing at OSU.

Classes for the remainder of the day have been canceled, and most other activities on campus will be canceled or postponed. These include:

The holiday marketplace in the Memorial Union ballroom will remain open until 4 p.m. today; organizers hope to open on Saturday as planned, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A gymnastics exhibition tonight at Gill Coliseum, which was to begin at 7 p.m., will be canceled and tentatively rescheduled for Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.

Any change of schedule to the theater performance of "The King of Spain's Daughter," set for 7:30 p.m. at the Withycombe Hall Theater tonight, will be announced on the theater program's website at:

OSU employees who are at work will be sent home at noon except for those designated as "essential" to keeping the university infrastructure operational.

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