Helpful resources for dealing with winter storms

Saturday, January 29, 2011 | 2:17 p.m. CST; updated 7:10 a.m. CST, Monday, January 31, 2011

COLUMBIA — Here are resources to help you cope with severe winter weather, including information on safe driving, frozen pipe prevention, dangers of ice, Columbia clearing procedures, snowed-in entertainment guides and previous columns about snow storms.

  • Get storm updates at, the official website of the National Weather Service Forecast Office.
  • During and after winter storms, driving in the snow and dealing with power outages are some of the problems. Here are solutions.
  • Frozen pipes are a common problem in severe winter weather. Costs for repairing frozen pipes can be expensive, starting at around $100. There are easy precautions to avoid this problem.
  • Extreme temperatures can also pose many problems in Columbia. Read how to handle the bitter cold.
  • Slipping on an icy sidewalk can result in broken bones. The Boone County Fire Protection District offers tips for walking on ice and ice fishing.

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