CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University will close its main campus on Monday, Dec. 9, as packed snow from a storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow - and temperatures dipping into single digits - have combined to create hazardous driving and even walking conditions.

Monday is the first day of finals week for fall term.

OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Sabah Randhawa said the closure may result in some inconvenience for students, but "the safety of all is our first priority."

"We ask for everyone's continued patience and understanding regarding this weather-related closure," Randhawa said.  "We also ask for everyone's continued use of good judgment when it comes to traveling even short distances in these frigid conditions."

The OSU Registrar's Office is working to establish a new schedule for finals that originally were set for Monday. The new schedule will be posted after 8 p.m. Sunday at:

Monday's shutdown includes the Valley Library at OSU, which will be closed all day.

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