University of Missouri will be open despite cold

The University of Missouri says all of its schools and operations will be open Monday, despite the bitter cold that has closed most elementary and secondary schools across the state.

University officials said in a statement that crews had been out since Saturday night clearing roads, sidewalks and facilities after 4 to 6 inches of snow fell over the weekend in mid-Missouri. The high temperature was expected to be only 0 Monday in Columbia, with wind chills between -15 and -35.

The university rarely closes because of weather conditions, with a full closure only in extreme circumstances.

The university's Health Care's hospitals, emergency rooms and clinics also will be open Monday, as will the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital emergency service.