Matt Zimmerman at his desk in Mizzou Arena

Matt Zimmerman sits at his desk while he makes calls at Mizzou Arena in November. Matt Zimmerman is the assistant coach for the Missouri Tigers basketball team.

Archie Smith watches as snow is loaded on a dump truck

Columbia Transit bus driver Archie Smith watches as snow is loaded into a dump truck on Broadway on Wednesday. "Mother Nature, man," said Smith about the snowfall. "Our time was due."

Snow surrounds a bench in Stephens Lake Park

Wind-sculpted ridges in the snow surround an empty bench at Stephens Lake Park on Wednesday. No people were out at the park early Wednesday morning.

An abandoned car on Brenda Lane

A vehicle rests abandoned on the side of Brenda Lane near East Walnut Street on Wednesday morning, seemingly unable to make it up the street near Stephens Lake Park.

Jason Crowley and Zach Coch dig out a car

Jason Crowley and Zack Coch help remove snow from cars on Wednesday at Ashland Manor Apartments. Crowley and Coch, both employees at Poehlmann Lawn & Landscape, had been clearing snow around the Columbia area since the beginning of the storm on Tuesday. "Yesterday was the worst," Coch said. "This is easy."

Piles of snow in Massachusetts

A youngster walks by a large snow pile in a shopping center parking lot in Lawrence, Mass., on Wednesday. The second wave of a two-part monster storm is spreading snow and freezing rain throughout the Northeast. More than 17 inches fell in Columbia.

Downed power lines in Ohio

An American Electric Power worker clears a tree from a power line Wednesday in Canton, Ohio. An ice storm left hundreds of thousands in the dark across Ohio on Wednesday and gave way to melting slush before plunging temperatures and high winds threatened to bring new outages and a repeat of treacherous, icy conditions.

A giant snowman in New York

Jack Zackey plows snow in front of a large snowman on display at a coffee shop during the winter weather in Clarence, N.Y., on Wednesday,

Clearing walks in Oklahoma

Cox Convention Center employee Mike Parsons clears snow off the sidewalk in front of the Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

A dump truck carries snow past Columbia City Hall

A dump truck filled with snow from downtown streets drives west on Broadway past Columbia City Hall on Wednesday morning.

Pedestrians use paths in the streets downtown

Pedestrians navigate downtown Wednesday morning using paths created by street plows since most sidewalks remain unshoveled. City crews were working through the night and morning to try to clear snow piles, many exceeding 6 feet in height, from the centers of downtown streets.

Chris Gebhardt walks past a snow drift on Broadway

Chris Gebhardt walks past a snow drift across Broadway on Wednesday morning. Gebhardt was taking photos of his wife, Deb Rust, outside of Tellers, which the couple owns.

Michael Marcum clears a sidewalk on Ninth Street

Michael Marcum clears the sidewalk in front of Makes Scents on Ninth Street on Wednesday.

Enjoli Gavin digs out her car

Enjoli Gavin scrapes off her car using her hand and a dust pan Tuesday morning in a parking lot off Walnut Street. Gavin was out cleaning her car in case she had to go to work.

Road sign warns of travel hazards in blizzard

A Kansas City Scout sign warns motorists along Interstate 70 near Kansas City on Tuesday. I-70 was closed from Kansas City to St. Louis because of heavy snow but reopened just after 7 a.m. Wednesday. The area is under a blizzard warning until noon Wednesday.

Shoveling out in Joplin

Tim Coffey, of Webb City, clears a path so he can drive his Jeep out of a South Range Line Road parking lot during the blizzard Tuesday in Joplin.

Snowplows clear Interstate 70

Snowplows travel westbound on Interstate 70 near the Stadium Boulevard exit in Columbia on Tuesday. Interstate 70 reopened Wednesday morning after being closed from Kansas City to St. Louis as a result of whiteout conditions. It was the first time in its history that the interstate was closed because of weather conditions.

Punxsutawney Phil says spring is coming early

Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-predicting groundhog, crawls off the shoulder of handler Ben Hughes during the annual Groundhog Day festivities Wednesday in Punxsutawney, Pa. The Groundhog Club claimed that Phil did not see his shadow and predicted that winter has ended.

David Elliot

David Elliot is communications director for USAction, a grassroots advocacy group with affiliates and partners in 24 states.

Audrey Spalding

Audrey Spalding is a policy analyst for the Show-Me Institute, an independent think tank promoting free-market solutions for Missouri public policy.