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LIVE UPDATES: Weather and road conditions, cancellations listings

Thursday, February 21, 2013 | 4:08 p.m. CST; updated 9:24 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 21, 2013
Snow began falling around 8 a.m. Thursday in Columbia. Many area schools have been canceled for the day, and city buses planned to switch to an emergency schedule at 10 a.m.

The Missourian will resume updates about closings related to the snowstorm Friday morning.

The Missourian's staff has been sending weather updates via social media. Here's a collection of those tweets and Facebook updates. You can follow @CoMissourian on Twitter or at Facebook.com/ColumbiaMissourian.

We're also collecting updates about road conditions across Columbia and Boone County to track on a map. Share your photos and observations with us, using the hashtag #CoMoSnow.

Here is information on warming centers that are open in Columbia.

5:10 p.m. MU announced that it will decide whether the campus will be closed or classes canceled Friday by 6 a.m.

3:28 p.m. Columbia Public Schools has canceled school for Friday. There will be no snow club.

2:18 p.m. According to its website, The Columbia Mall has closed for the day, but Target and Sears are still open.

2:13 p.m. The city of Columbia has cancelled the Planning and Zoning Commission's work session and regular meeting, which were scheduled for 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday, respectively.

1:30 p.m. The Blue Note has rescheduled Thursday's show with Ana Popovic to March 23.

MU said the Student Center will be open 24 hours. The Student Recreation Center is open until 10:30 p.m. Most dining halls will keep regular hours. Check Campus Dining's website for details.

11:58 a.m. MU has canceled classes and any exams scheduled for Thursday.

Boone County Courthouse is closing at noon.

Paratransit is closing at noon, according to a news release from the city.

Both eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 at the Lake of the Woods exit are still closed because of a stalled 18-wheeler.

11:45 a.m. Columbia College has closed and canceled all classes for the day.

11:30 a.m. Nonessential city employees are leaving work at noon today. Most city department office are closing at noon, also. 

11:24 a.m. Stadium Boulevard at College Park Drive is temporarily closed because of an accident, according to alerts from the Boone County Office of Emergency Services. 

11:20 a.m. Boone County Government offices are closing at noon today because of the weather.

Columbia Regional Airport has canceled all incoming and departing flights for Thursday.

The sledding hill at Stephens Lake Park is open and busy, but Mike Griggs, assistant director of Columbia Parks and Recreations, recommends waiting a day for the snow to stop.

He said crews are clearing the roads and parking lot but are having trouble keeping up with the snowfall. He recommends waiting until the weekend to come sledding.

10:50 a.m. Columbia Transit will end its bus route service with the final drop-off at 6:30 p.m. If people have questions or need assistance, call Columbia Transit's customer service at 874-7282.

Tiger Line shuttles, which are contracted with MU, will run on regular hours and schedules.

10:05 a.m. The Activity and Recreation Center is closed Thursday.

10 a.m. All Daniel Boone Regional Library locations will close at 11 a.m. Thursday. All programs scheduled for the evening are canceled, also.

The MU School of Music's Choral Union rehearsal scheduled for Thursday evening is canceled.

9:55 a.m. Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri on Thursday morning after a severe winter storm blanketed the state. "Missouri stands ready to help communities in need and to deploy the resources to keep folks safe," the governor said in a news release.

The State Emergency Management Operations Center is monitoring the storm system and offering updates to the governor, the news release said. Residents who need disaster information, shelter information or other referrals for help, can call 211 or 800-427-4626 in areas where that service is not available.

9:50 a.m. All William Woods University offices in Fulton will close at 11 a.m. Thursday and all classes are canceled.

9:47 a.m. The Columbia Board of Health and Parks and Recreation Commission meetings scheduled for Thursday night have been canceled.

9:25 a.m. Columbia Public Works says its plow operators have reported that road conditions deteriorated very rapidly and all roads are now snow covered.

Heavy snowflakes falling at Eighth and Elm. Boone County Office of Emergency Management reports that visibility is near zero at the intersection of Interstate 70 and U.S. 63.

9:17 a.m. American Airlines flights departing from Columbia Regional Airport have been canceled for Thursday.

The Columbia Public Transportation Advisory Council meeting has been canceled for Thursday night.

9:05: Stephens College announces it will close its campus at 10 a.m.

8:56 a.m. Columbia Transit is moving to its emergency schedule at 10 a.m.

8:02 a.m. Columbia College has canceled its evening classes for Thursday.

American Airlines has canceled the 1:55 p.m. flight from Columbia to Chicago O'Hare International Airport because of weather conditions.

All Daniel Boone Regional Library locations will be open today.

7:43 a.m. Columbia Transit is starting on a regular schedule but will switch to emergency schedule as needed.

Columbia Public Works said via Twitter that refuse and recycling services are running as scheduled this morning. Delays might occur as snowfall increases.

To help facilitate road clearing, Columbia Public Works has asked that people park vehicles in driveways and parking lots if possible so that snow plows may plow curb to curb.

6:43 a.m. Columbia Public Schools are closed, but snow club is open for registered families.

The morning's snowfall will likely bring thunder, lightning and snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour.


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