University closes at 3 p.m., DanceBlue postponed until 8 a.m. Saturday

The university will be closed after 3 p.m., and DanceBlue has been postponed until 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 due to severe weather.

Around 1:15 p.m., UK released an alert stating that classes starting at 3 p.m. and later are cancelled. Employees are also dismissed, but the hospitals and clinics will remain open. All campus activity after 3 p.m. is also canceled, including Grad Salute.

Significant severe weather is expected across central Kentucky and possibly into south-central Indiana this afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service. Periods of showers and thunderstorms are expected mostly before midnight. Some storms could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds.

The storm is expected to be the strongest between 4 and 8 p.m.

Around 3:15 p.m., the Weather Channel announced the TOR:CON index for northern Kentucky was raised to a 10 of out 10. This is only the second time this has happened. According a Weather Channel twitter account, central and eastern Kentucky remains at a 9.

The university is advising anyone on campus to exercise caution and seek identified safety shelters. If you are not registered for the  emergency notification system UK Alert, do so at http://www.uky.edu/EM/UKAlert/.

UK hospitals and clinics will remain open.

CATS buses will be suspended at 4 p.m., according to UK Parking, until the threat passes.

Anyone wishing to protect their cars can move them to parking structures 5 and 7. Cars must be moved by 9 p.m. Sunday.

DanceBlue will still end at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Dancer registration for the dance marathon has been rescheduled to 7 a.m. on Saturday at Memorial Coliseum, and the family and memorial hours will begin at 5 p.m.

According to an email sent out by the DanceBlue Team, there will be no human tunnel this year.

“We will be dancing twice as hard for half as long For The Kids,” the email said.

An event featuring Sen. Rand Paul scheduled for Friday afternoon has also been canceled.

This afternoon, Mayor Jim Gray encouraged local businesses to close early in light of the recent weather, according to the Lexington government’s website.

Fayette County Public Schools closed two hours early, and universities across the state such as the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University canceled their classes earlier today.

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