Weather closes U of M for the first time in decades

The extreme cold has resulted in the cancellation of many schools in the area, but the Upper Peninsula is not the only place affected. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor suspended classes and laboratory instruction for today due to the potential for frigid wind chills.

University officials say that the decision to suspend today’s classes was made to help students avoid long walks and long waits for buses. This is the first time since 1978 that U of M has been closed due to severe weather. The Ann Arbor campus remained operational. The Dearborn and Flint campuses also canceled classes.

A university committee was started to assess policies and procedures for severe weather shutdowns.