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LIVE UPDATE: Closings, road condition reports for second storm to hit Columbia

Monday, February 25, 2013 | 12:31 p.m. CST; updated 9:05 p.m. CST, Monday, February 25, 2013

COLUMBIA  — The Missourian staff is keeping tabs on developments surrounding the approaching winter storm, which forecasters expected to deliver a second major blow to much of west, central and northern Missouri beginning late Monday and developing into Tuesday.

9 p.m.: Meals on Wheels will not be delivering meals Tuesday. However, clients received two meals Monday in anticipation of the storm.

7:30 p.m.: MU Health Care posted on its Facebook page about the following closures for Tuesday:

  • All outpatient clinics, including Urgent Care
  • University Physicians — Green Meadows Pharmacy
  • University Physicians — Fairview Pharmacy
  • University Physicians — Smiley Lane Pharmacy
  • Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Outpatient Pharmacy
  • University Physicians Medical Building Pharmacy
  •  Mizzou Pharmacy

All MU Health Care hospitals and emergency rooms will remain open. In addition, the following MU Health Care pharmacies will remain open Tuesday:

— University Hospital Pharmacy, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

— Missouri Orthopaedic Institute Pharmacy, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

— Keene Street Pharmacy, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

7:24 p.m.: Mike Heimos of the Columbia Public Works Department sent the Missourian a news release saying all city offices will be closed Tuesday, trash and recycling won't be collected Tuesday and that there will be transit service Tuesday.

Here is the contact information for the department:

Heimos said there will be a 24-hour hotline and that all social media networks will be monitored during the winter storm Tuesday.

The department is also encouraging residents to park in driveways. If you drive and have to abandon your vehicle, it will be towed at the owner's expense. There is no grace period. The department said in its news release, "If you become stuck and call for a tow truck, please ask for a price upfront."

7:17 p.m.: The blizzard conditions creeping up on Kansas City have caused the cancellation of many flights in and out of the city's airport. Passengers should check with their airline before heading to the airport.

6:31 p.m.: MoDOT has posted a video of snow driving tips for those who must go out in the snow. MoDOT has issued a "no travel" advisory for Tuesday.

6:02 p.m.: Centralia Public Schools will be closed Tuesday.

5:58 p.m.: The Southern Boone County School District will be closed Tuesday.

5:40 p.m.: Stephens College will be closed Tuesday. Students with Monday evening classes should contact their professors to see if class will still be held.

5:30 p.m.: The University of Missouri Health Care outpatient clinics, including Urgent Care, will be closed Tuesday. MU Health Care also said that University Physicians Pharmacies at Green Meadows, Fairview and Smiley Lane will be closed.

The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Outpatient Pharmacy and the Mizzou Pharmacy will be closed.

All hospitals and emergency rooms will remain open as will the University Hospital Pharmacy, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute Pharmacy and Keene Street Pharmacy.

5:10 p.m.: The Boone County Commission has said it will decide no later than 5 a.m. whether Boone County offices and departments will be open on Tuesday. The Recorder of Deeds Office will be closed.

4:53 p.m.: Columbia College will be closed during the day Tuesday. Evening classes will be in session Monday, however. A decision about Tuesday's night classes will be made no later than 3 p.m. Tuesday. All students will have access to web-based services, including online classes.

4:48 p.m.: Columbia Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday.

4:47 p.m.: The North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association has canceled its Monday night meeting.

3:56 p.m.: Mayor Bob McDavid invited residents on Twitter to email him — and to copy city staff — if they feel their street has had inadequate snow removal. You can email McDavid at mayor@gocolumbiamo.com and copy the Public Works Department at pubw@GoColumbiaMo.com.

3:54 p.m.: Boone Electric Cooperative will close its offices Tuesday and will have limited staff to answer phone calls regarding payments and power outages. A news release from the cooperative said the staff anticipates reopening the office on Wednesday.

3:37 p.m.: MU will be closed on Tuesday, according to an MU alert. All classes, exams and events have been canceled.

1:50 p.m.: The Missouri Department of Transportation issued a news release saying that the highest accumulations of snow are expected north of U.S. 54, including Interstate 70 from Kansas City to Kingdom City, Interstate 35 and Interstate 29. Kansas City, Columbia and Kirksville could expect 8 to 13 inches of snow, the release said.

12:01 p.m.: Cole and Callaway counties were added to the warning area at noon Monday after the approaching storm shifted slightly to the south. The weather service said in its forecast discussion that the shift would cause the snow line to move slightly farther east.

Earlier closings

City government: Columbia Transit will not run buses, and Columbia Public Works will not pick up trash Tuesday because of the expected winter storm, city Public Communications spokeswoman Kate Bryant said in a news release. All other non-essential city offices also will be closed. Emergency services, including fire and police, will remain open.

All Municipal Court cases scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday will be rescheduled.

Those ticketed for travel on Tuesday at Columbia Regional Airport are advised to contact their carrier for up-to-the-minute flight status or to check www.flymidmo.com.

The Activity and Recreation Center, as well as the Armory Sports Center and Stephens Lake Activity Center, will be closed Tuesday, according to a news release from the city. The hours of operation at the ARC could change for Wednesday; the staff will make that determination at a later time. For information, contact the ARC at 874-7700.

Boone County government: The Boone County Commission closed county government offices at noon Monday. All county meetings, including the Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting that was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, have been canceled.

Schools: Columbia Independent School will be closed Tuesday.

MU will be closed Tuesday. The announcement was made via MU Alert.

REDI: Regional Economic Development Inc. postponed its quarterly breakfast meeting, which was scheduled for Wednesday morning and was to feature MU Chancellor Brady Deaton as a guest. A REDI news release said the meeting will be rescheduled soon.

Road conditions: Snow removal information for the city, including priority streets for snow removal, can be found on the Public Works website. A map of the priority streets in Columbia can be found here.

To get the latest on road conditions statewide, check the traveler information map on the Missouri Department of Transportation website.

As the storm approaches and affects Columbia, the Missourian will provide updates on road conditions in the city and Boone County and invite readers to share information about conditions in their neighborhoods. Check back for details on how to participate.

Weather forecasts, advisories: The latest forecasts and other information on the storm can be found at the website of the National Weather Service in St. Louis or the weather service offices at Pleasant Hill.

MoDOT has issued a "no travel" advisory for the state ahead of the coming storm. 

"For your safety and the safety of our crews, we ask everyone to avoid travel once this storm begins, unless it is a dire emergency," Elizabeth Wright, MoDOT state maintenance engineer, said in a news release. "This will be different from last week's storm. Strong winds will blow the snow around, creating a whiteout effect that makes travel extremely hazardous."

The high rate of snowfall, coupled with 30 mph winds, can create drifts that will seriously challenge even four-wheel drive vehicles.

"Blowing snow and high winds make it very difficult for MoDOT crews to clear roads," Wright said. "If there are no other vehicles on the roadways, we have a much better chance of making progress so traffic can get moving again."

Share pictures of what it looks like where you are by tweeting with the hashtag #CoMoSnow or emailing submission@ColumbiaMissourian.com. Be sure to include your location.


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