LIVE UPDATE: Public School canceled, businesses closed, snow routes being cleared

Sunday, January 5, 2014 | 9:33 a.m. CST; updated 3:24 p.m. CST, Sunday, January 5, 2014
Between 7 and 9 inches of snow fell across Columbia and cold winds caused temperatures to drop into the single digits on Sunday. The extreme cold,with wind chills cause it to feel like it's below zero, is expected to continue into the early part of the week.

COLUMBIA — Snow fell across Columbia late Saturday and continued throughout Sunday, totaling 7 to 9 inches across Boone and Callaway counties. Churches across town were closed and Columbia Public Schools canceled Monday classes ahead of bitterly cold temperatures.

The snow was beginning to taper off by mid-afternoon Sunday, National Weather Service meteorologist Wes Browning said. But, flurries would continue throughout the evening, and wind gusts over 30 mph would create blowing and drifting snow that could effect visibility, he said.


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Temperatures are expected to drop dramatically for the beginning of the week as a "polar vortex" moves through the region. Browning said wind chills will reach 25 to 30 below overnight, with a Monday high of zero. He does not expect temperatures to reach freezing again until Wednesday.

Columbia Public Works crews worked on clearing first- and second-priority snow routes in the city, according to a new release issued early Sunday morning. The department asked that vehicles be moved off priority routes to avoid receiving a citation.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the region until 6 p.m. because of the extreme cold temperatures and wind that is associated with the snow storm.

The intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Ash Street was closed for much of the day because of a water main break that happened around 4 a.m. Sunday. The intersection reopened shortly before 2 p.m. after Water and Light crews spent hours working to isolate the water line problem and drain water off the street. Water pressure should have returned to normal levels in the area by the afternoon, according to a news release.

Other water main breaks have been reported at Loch, Briarwood and Phyllis streets.

ROAD CONDITIONS: More information about the public works efforts to remove snow can be found online.

The Missouri Department of Transportation's road condition map shows that most state routes and interstates are snow covered.

The department also issued a "no travel advisory" for Sunday. "Strong winds are blowing the snow around, and it's creating a whiteout effect that makes it very difficult see and makes travel extremely hazardous," Ed Hassinger, MoDOT chief engineer, said in a news release.

Hassinger said the conditions make it a challenge for crews to clear roads, especially if people are out driving.

CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSINGS: Many churches canceled Sunday morning services. Click here to see more about event cancellations.

Columbia Public Schools announced that classes will not be in session Monday because of the extremely cold temperatures. Jefferson City Public Schools has also canceled Monday classes.

The ARC is closed Sunday because of a water main break at Stadium and Ash streets, according to a tweet from Mike Griggs, director of the city's Parks and Recreation department.

Several restaurants also were closed, including Shakespeare's Pizza's locations south and west, and D. Rowe's.

Parks and Recreation canceled the kids' basketball camp at the Armory scheduled for Sunday. Adult basketball games also were canceled and will be made up later.

Columbia Public Library, as well as all other libraries in the Daniel Boone Regional Library system, were closed.

Public Works will not have curbside trash and recycling collection Monday. The department plans to resume service Tuesday with pickups delayed by one day for the rest of the week.

Browning, of the Weather Service, said St. Louis and other parts of eastern Missouri received as much as a foot of snow with still a few more inches expected. He said more snow is possible in Columbia Wednesday night and Thursday, but it was unlikely to be as significant as Sunday's storm.

MORE COVERAGE: Tips for keeping yourself, home and car safe when the temperatures plummet.

Warming centers are open for those who need shelter from the cold.

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Map of the city's priority snow routes: If the weather forecast indicates 2 or more inches of snow, the city enacts emergency tow zones on the streets, allowing crews to clear snow more quickly. Graphic by Caitlin Campbell.

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