COLUMBUS, Ohio – Temperatures in Columbus Wednesday are expected to feel like 35 below zero.
Earlier, The Ohio State University put out a warning for students to bundle up as they head to school Wednesday because ‘closings are rare.’
In a press release the school says it has closed only 13 times since 1978.
Now, make that 14.
Tuesday evening, OSU Emergency Management announced Ohio State University in Columbus will close Tuesday at 11 p.m. through Thursday at 7 a.m. Wednesday classes/activities are canceled. Essential staff should still report to work.
Before the announcement, a student started a petition to get classes cancelled.
The change.org petition was written to the school and Ohio State University president Dr. Michael Drake.
“It is too dangerous to be outside in this cold for an extended period of time, so why should students be forced to go to class?” author Nicholas Riggi wrote.
Riggi argued that most students and faculty have to walk at least 15 minutes to get to class and that being outside that long is dangerous.
Frostbite can affect exposed skin in about 10 minutes with the temperatures we’re expecting this week.
“Students pay thousands of dollars a semester to attend this prestigious university, please do not put our health at risk,” Riggi wrote.
Ohio State said, “The health, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff is the university’s top priority.”