City plows move into residential areas; wind chill warning in effect

Monday, January 6, 2014 | 10:39 a.m. CST; updated 6:58 p.m. CST, Monday, January 6, 2014

COLUMBIA — City plows worked through the night Sunday to clear main roads, crediting residents for removing cars from the streets for being ahead of schedule.

As a result, the city lifted the priority route parking ban early Monday morning.

Road crews moved on to clearing residential areas and asked residents to move cars from the road and into driveways and garages to make snow removal easier.

Dangerous wind chills as low as 36 below are expected through midday Tuesday with a wind chill warning in effect until noon Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Monday's high will be around zero, with the night's low reaching 8 below.

The city advises shoveling snow to the right as one faces the street in order to lessen the amount of snow that plows push back into driveways.

Columbia Transit will operate on an hourly schedule on Monday, leaving Wabash Station at the top of the hour and departing end points every half hour. A few routes and stops have been changed:

  • Indian Hills route: Making stops at Ballenger Lane and Aztec Boulelvard.
  • Oakland Place and Edris Place stop: Bus will stop at Oakland Gravel Road and Blue Ridge Road.
  • Leslie Lane: Buses will not travel between Providence Road and Garth Avenue and will detour on Texas Avenue.

The city will not collect residential trash or recycling on Monday, citing dangerous conditions for workers. Collection services will be delayed one day for the rest of the week. The landfill and Materials Recovery Facility will remain open.

Despite the weather, MU campus, hospitals, emergency rooms and clinics will be open for all scheduled activities. Columbia Public Schools canceed Monday and Tuesday classes because of the cold temperatures.

The airport was also open, but Columbia officials stress that those planning to travel check for flight delays and cancellations.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Interstate 70 was mostly clear, with conditions worsening toward St. Louis.

For more information on Columbia's snow removal process, go to the snow removal website.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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