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LIVE UPDATE: Weather and closing updates

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | 7:03 a.m. CST; updated 7:45 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A snow storm that passed through Columbia Monday night and Tuesday brought wet, heavy snow that downed power lines and caused Internet outages throughout the city.

COLUMBIA — A heavy, wet snow fell on Columbia Monday night and continued Tuesday.

Here's a list of closings, reports of road conditions and weather advisories.

7:30 p.m. Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School will be closed Wednesday.

6:10 p.m. Columbia College will reopen Wednesday. Evening classes Tuesday will remain canceled. Evening classes from Thursday and Tuesday's closures will be made up Friday and March 8.

5:40 p.m. Power has been restored to all customers in Columbia, according to a news release from Columbia Water and Light.

Phillip Iman, disaster specialist with the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter, said the agency is preparing to create a shelter for those without power. Scott Olsen, director for the Columbia-Boone County Office of Emergency Management, said a shelter will open by 8 p.m. at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway.

5:20 p.m. Stephens College will reopen Wednesday.

4:20 p.m. Classes at MU will be in session as scheduled Wednesday. If the weather forecast changes, a decision about classes and university operations will be made before 6 a.m.

3:30 p.m. Internet service for Mediacom customers has been restored after a fiber line was cut.

3:05 p.m. Columbia Public Schools will be closed for weather Wednesday, according to a text alert from the district. Snow Club will also not be in session.

2:45 p.m. For Missourian print subscribers, our drivers are out attempting to deliver Tuesday's paper. The print editions have been put in boxes around town. We will also be printing early Tuesday night to give the drivers as much time as possible to deliver Wednesday's edition. Thank you for your patience.

2:35 p.m. The National Weather Service in St. Louis said a light freezing drizzle Tuesday evening could turn to ice if it is cold enough. The snow is expected to continue overnight and intermittently on Wednesday. New accumulation of 1 to 2 inches are expected by Wednesday evening. The low for Tuesday night is 29 degrees.

2:30 p.m. City road crews have begun plowing residential streets. Columbia Transit will return to service Wednesday. Trash pick-up will return to operation Wednesday but will be operating a day behind for the rest of the week.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said crews had cleared major roadways and had turned to secondary roads. Crews hope to get one pass on the secondary roads before 5 p.m.

2 p.m. Evening classes at the main Columbia College have been canceled. Evening classes in Jefferson City will be held.

1:15 p.m. If you have trees bending under the weight of the snow, you might be able to help them recover. Here are some tips.

1 p.m. Mediacom subscribers in Columbia and Jefferson City are facing an extended Internet outage because of cut fiber lines in mid-Missouri.

Monday night's storm cut through fiber lines that the Internet provider shares with a partner company causing Internet failures for both providers' customers. An update about the estimated time of repair for the cut fibers is expected Tuesday afternoon.

12:45 p.m. According to a press release from the City of Columbia, road crews have been able to plow streets with few impediments. There have been few crashes as of noon Tuesday.

Crews are continuing to work on first and second priority roads. Some residential streets on East Walnut, around Clinkscales and Worley, and near the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Scott Boulevard have been plowed.

The county public works is focused on major roads and has about 50 percent of those roads plowed. The crews have gotten to 30 percent of gravel roads.

12:30 p.m. The National Weather Service in St. Louis said the official total for new snowfall in Columbia is 9 inches.

The measurements were taken at the Columbia Regional Airport, where the total snow depth has now reached 14 inches, which includes the snow already on the ground from last week's winter weather, forecaster Gary Schmocker said.

12:15 p.m. Boone Electric reported on its Facebook page that there are now 9,588 members without power. The outages could last through the night and possibly longer. Check the outage map for status updates.

12:10 p.m. Check local road conditions on our Google map and report what you have seen.

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.

12:05 p.m. MU hopes to make an announcement late Tuesday afternoon or early Tuesday evening about whether it will be open Wednesday, MU spokesman Christian Basi said.

The best way to find the latest information about closings and emergencies is to visit mualert.missouri.edu, MU spokeswoman Mary Jo Banken said.

The information is also sent to student email accounts and made available on MU Alert's Twitter page and the Mizzou Facebook page . Students who have registered their cell phone numbers with the MU Alert system should also receive text messages in the event of an emergency.

11:35 a.m. Boone Electric said on Twitter that there are more outages north of Interstate 70 near Range Line Street. The total outages have reached more than 8,000.

11:30 a.m. The National Weather Service in St. Louis said the unofficial total for new snowfall in Columbia was about 7 inches. An additional inch is possible Tuesday afternoon.

11:25 a.m. If you need a warm place to go, the Salvation Army Harbor House, at 602 Ann St., is open 24 hours a day and offers beds and free meals. The house is the only warming shelter that Missourian reporters could confirm to be open Tuesday morning.

11 a.m. There are about 150 Columbia Water and Light customers without power as of 10:30 a.m. Boone Electric customers can check this interactive map for outage reports.

10:45 a.m. The Columbia Regional Airport said the taxiways and runway are clear, but ground crews are delayed in getting to the airport. American Airlines has already canceled its flights, and the Frontier flight to Orlando on Tuesday afternoon is looking doubtful, according to the airport's Facebook page.

10:30 a.m. Despite the lull in snowfall this morning, Columbia residents can expect a small amount of additional snow accumulation throughout Tuesday.

The National Weather Service predicts light snow on and off throughout the late morning and afternoon hours that could drop an additional 1 to 2 inches of snow on top of last night's accumulation, said Gary Schmocker, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

9:50 a.m. The latest update from Mediacom is that the fiber line cut has been located, but it takes several hours to repair and the weather is slowing things down.

9:15 a.m. All American Airlines flights in and out of Columbia Regional Airport have been canceled. The Frontier flight to Orlando is still showing as scheduled.

9:10 a.m. The Columbia Public Library and all Daniel Boone Regional Library System branches are closed today.

8:45 a.m. Fewer than 500 Columbia Water and Light customers are now without power, according to Connie Kacprowicz, public information specialist for the utility.

8:40 a.m. Boone Electric Cooperative reports 3,090 members without power, down from 3,384.

8:35 a.m. Hazardous road conditions prevented the printers in Jefferson City from delivering the Missourian to Columbia. Circulation personnel are working on getting the paper delivered, but it's uncertain at this time if that will be possible.

8:30 a.m.Columbia Water and Light reports 1,500 homes and businesses are without power, according to Steven Sapp. Water and Light customers should call 875-2555 for downed power lines. Stay away from power lines, they could still be active. All crews are out working to restore power as quickly as possible. Electric lines are at the top of the pole. Cable and phone lines are lower on the pole.

8 a.m. Target is open at the Columbia Mall. Other stores will make individual decisions about whether to open.

7:50 a.m. Mediacom said the outage is a confirmed fiber line cut affecting links between Jefferson City and Columbia. A comment on Mediacom's outage page at 7:30 a.m. said it was priority one.

7:45 a.m. Boone Electric Cooperative is now reporting 3,384 members without power.

7:15 a.m. The 6:45 a.m. flight from Columbia Regional Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth was canceled. The other flights were still on schedule, but check with American Airlines before going to the airport.

7 a.m. The heavy snow resulted in power outages across the county. Boone Electric Cooperative was reporting more than 2,000 outages across mid-Missouri. Columbia Water and Light is also reporting outages.

Mediacom's Internet service went down Monday night. A tweet from the support department said there was no estimated time for restoring service.

Interstate 70 was closed at mile marker 123 for an accident clean-up at 5:45 a.m. The estimated closure time was an hour.

6:30 a.m. Boone County government offices and the courthouse are closed for weather.

Road conditions

Check local road conditions on our Google map and report what you have seen.

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.

Air travel

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 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.

City services canceled

Columbia Transit will not run buses, and Columbia Public Works will not pick up trash Tuesday. All other non-essential city offices are closed. Emergency services, including fire and police, will remain open.

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 issued on Monday. 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 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.

Other closings

Columbia Public Schools will be closed.

Columbia Independent School will be closed Tuesday.

MU has closed the campus and canceled classes and exams for Tuesday. Only employees who are considered "situationally critical" are expected to be on campus. Information about MU Health Care’s hospitals and clinics is available at www.muhealth.org. The MU Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital emergency service will remain open.

Stephens College will be closed Tuesday.

Columbia College will be closed during the day Tuesday. 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.

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

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.

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

MoDOT has issued a "no travel" advisory for the state. All motorists are being advised not to travel once the storm begins so that crews can begin snow removal.

Help 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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