UPDATE: Winter storm prompts city, schools closures

Monday, February 3, 2014 | 9:21 p.m. CST; updated 9:40 a.m. CST, Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Snow coats the creek through Peace Park at MU early Tuesday morning as a winter storm moves through the area. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches is possible, the National Weather Service says. The Missouri Department Transportation advises motorist to use extreme caution.

COLUMBIA — Columbia could be in for 5 to 7  inches of snow Tuesday, the National Weather Service in St. Louis said Monday evening.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the mid-Missouri area starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday and ending at 6 a.m. Wednesday. The warning replaces a winter storm watch issued earlier.

Safety tips

The Columbia Police Department has compiled a list of winter weather safety tips.

If you get stuck:

  • Don't spin your tires
  • Turn wheels side-to-side
  • Lightly press gas pedal
  • Shovel snow away from tires
  • Kitty litter provides good traction

If you get stranded:

  • Don't leave your vehicle
  • Hang a colored cloth from your antenna or place flares around your vehicle
  • Clear exhaust pipe of snow or ice
  • Crack a window to keep air in vehicle
  • Eat hard candy to keep mouth moist

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The National Weather Service is forecasting 3 to 5 inches during the day and 1 to 3 inches Tuesday night.

Winds from the east will gust at 5 to 10 mph during the day, and winds from the north will blow at 10 mph during the evening, National Weather Service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said.

Snow could start falling lightly between 6 and 9 a.m. and progressively worsen throughout the day, then settle down in the evening. Small flurries will likely continue through Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Gosselin said visibility may be reduced to a quarter-mile during the heaviest snowfall.

The snow will be on the drier side, he said.

Announced closures for Tuesday as of 8:30 p.m. Monday:

  • MU
  • Columbia Public Schools
  • Stephens College
  • Columbia College's day campus
  • City offices and recreation facilities
  • All Columbia Transit service
  • Public Health and Human Services; STD clinic and WIC appointments are cancelled
  • The University Hospital's Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Outpatient Services

City trash services will be delayed one day, deputy city manager Tony St. Romaine said.

All MU Health Care hospitals and emergency rooms will remain open, according to a media release. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital will remain open.

All MU classes are canceled for Tuesday, according to the MU News Bureau, but the Student Center, the Student Recreation Complex and residential dining facilities will remain open. Ellis Library will remain open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., however no services will be available.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has issued a no-travel advisory through 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to a release.

The 2014 Notable Properties Presentation will be rescheduled, said Rachel Bacon, the Historic Preservation Commission Event Coordinator.

The city has asked residents to move their cars off priority snow routes before the snow reaches two inches.

Stay in the know

The Missouri Department of Transportation will update road conditions at For more information on the City of Columbia snow operations, go to

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