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LIVE UPDATES: Friday's weather conditions, cancellations and road conditions

Friday, February 22, 2013 | 7:55 a.m. CST; updated 5:41 p.m. CST, Friday, February 22, 2013
Columbia residents spent Friday shoveling sidewalks and digging out cars from parking lots in the aftermath of Thursday's snowstorm.

*The Missourian stopped updating this article as of 5 p.m. Friday. However, we will continue to post weather updates as necessary on our website and social media accounts.

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.

Share your photos and observations with us, using the hashtag #CoMoSnow.

3:50 p.m. Columbia Public Works reports that it has begun snow removal this afternoon on residential streets in the city.

2 p.m. Columbia Transit said service will end after 6 p.m. departures from the Wabash station to make way for downtown road clearing. The last FastCAT drop off will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Stephens. Buses will run a regular Saturday schedule, but there are still roads that are not passable for the buses. Detours will be assessed Saturday morning.

1:15 p.m. Show-Me State basketball tournament will continue as scheduled.

1 p.m. MU will be open Saturday. Ellis Library will resume regular hours. Students that have Saturday or Sunday classes scheduled should check with instructors to find out if class will be held.

12:55 p.m. A contractor for the city will begin clearing the middle of roads in downtown Columbia at 6 p.m. Friday. It will require closing individual blocks. The work is expected to be completed by 6 a.m. Saturday.

11:50 a.m. Columbia Public Schools has canceled all school district activities planned for Saturday.

11:45 a.m. The Boone County Council on Aging is asking for volunteers to help clear driveways and sidewalks for 25 citizens. If you are able to help, visit the Council's volunteer website and click the link on the left to email the volunteer coordinator.

11:15 a.m. Boone Hospital said Boone Convenient Care in Columbia will close at 1 p.m. Friday. Find out the status of other Boone Hospital clinics and facilities here.

10:30 a.m. The Hickman boys basketball game against Eldon that was scheduled for Friday night has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

10:20 a.m. The city is moving forward with the removal of the Providence Road pedestrian bridge Friday evening through Saturday morning. The road between Ash Street and Worley Street will be closed to all traffic from 7 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday.

10 a.m.: The Public Works Department is picking up Friday's trash and will attempt to get to Thursday's routes. Crews will continue to work Saturday to pick up anything that they didn't get to, so leave your trash out and near the roadway.

9:45 a.m. The Columbia Public Library is open Friday.

9:35 a.m. MU Health Care clinics are closed until Monday. MU Health Care hospitals and emergency rooms are open.

9:25 a.m. Both the city and Boone County government offices have reopened today and will operate as usual. All offices will remain open until 5 p.m.

Closings and delays

MU, Stephens College, Columbia College and Columbia Public Schools all remain closed Friday. MU made the announcement Thursday evening that it would close and cited road conditions as the reason.

The Activity and Recreation Center will open at 9 a.m. Columbia Mall said on its Facebook page that it would open at 10 a.m. Not all stores would open on time, but the mall would be open.

The first flight from Columbia Regional Airport was canceled, but the main runway is open and all other flights are listed as scheduled. Check with American Airlines before going to the airport.

Friday trash pick-up will continue as scheduled. Residents are asked to place trash as close to the road as possible. Road crews are being deployed to Parkade, Vanderveen, Derby Ridge and Blue Ridge to clear ahead of the refuse and recycle collection trucks. The city will make an announcement later Friday about how it will handle picking up Thursday's customers.

Columbia Public Works also announced that it would cancel the planned E-Waste Collection for Saturday.

Find more closings at KOMU.com.

Road conditions

Columbia Public Works said Friday morning crews made progress overnight on the first and second priority roads. At least one lane on those roads are passable, but there are still stalled and abandoned vehicles on the roads.

A new crew started at 7 a.m., and crews are expected to start plowing residential areas early Friday afternoon and will work through the weekend to get those streets cleared.

The Missouri Department of Transportation keeps its traveler information map updated with road conditions. The major roads in and around Columbia are listed as partly covered. Check the map before traveling today.

We will be updating our road conditions map with your entries. Fill out the form below the map if you have information to share.

Columbia Transit

Columbia Transit will be running on limited service Friday. Follow Columbia Transit on Twitter and Facebook for additional updates. According to a news release:

Fixed routes 101 North and South, 102 North and East, 103 West and Northeast, 104 Southeast and West, and FastCAT will run limited schedules. Para-transit will also run, but only when completely necessary.

Routes 101-104 will begin service at their regular departure times (6:20-6:35 a.m.) with the goal of an 80 minute headway, but delays are expected as bus operaters slow for safety during these slick, snowy conditions.

Indian Hills is inaccessible. Riders will need to catch the 102 East at Ballenger.

FastCAT will have one bus and will run at a pace that is safe in the route area based on road conditions.

Due to campus closures, all Tiger Line and Black and Gold routes have been canceled for the day.

Weather forecast

According to the National Weather Service, the high for Friday is 32 with mostly cloudy skies. Precipitation has ended, but the cold temperatures will keep the snow around for a few more days.


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