Snow piles up on MU's campus

Piles of snow engulf the Student Success Center sign Thursday morning on Lowry Mall at MU.

A cold ride in the snow

A bicycle rider pedals past Jesse Hall on Wednesday.

The plowing begins

A snow plow clears Eighth Street on Wednesday night after the storm began. The forecast calls for 6 to 8 inches of snow through Thursday. The District is considered a critical plow zone by the city.

The beginning of the snowfall

Cars pass through the intersection of Tenth and Cherry streets where snow was just beginning to accumulate on Wednesday.

Shoveling it up

Will Beever, manager of Cool Stuff, shovels the sidewalk outside the business on Wednesday.

Thomas Jefferson in the snow

Snow accumulates on top of the Thomas Jefferson statue in the Francis Quadrangle Wednesday at MU. Six to eight inches of snow are expected in Columbia on Wednesday and Thursday.

A snowy crown for Truman

Snowfall accumulates on top of the Truman statue Wednesday at MU.

Slow traveling on Broadway

Evening commuters travel down a snowy Broadway on Wednesday after snow began to fall.

Governor gives review of state finances

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon gives his state of the state address Wednesday during a joint session of the house and senate at the capitol in Jefferson City.

Skating in the snow

A man ice skates on Stephens Lake on Wednesday at Stephens Lake Park. Columbia is expecting 6 to 8 inches of snow Wednesday through Thursday.

A taste of winter

Olivia Gill tastes some fresh snowflakes on her glove on Wednesday at Stephens Lake Park. Olivia, her sister and their father visited the park to play in the falling snow.

Fresh footprints in new snow

Pedestrians passing Reynolds Journalism Institute leave footprints in the newly fallen snow on Wednesday.

Seeking shelter from the snow

Adam Cater takes cover under an umbrella in the snowfall on Wednesday on Ninth Street.

Getting more prepared

Lyn Hall, 46, of Columbia loads a shovel and ice scraper into her car outside the Walmart off Conley Road on Wednesday. Hall said she didn't have a shovel when the last snow storm hit and had to call into work because she couldn't get there.

Salting before the storm

Jeff Weaver, owner of Bambino's Restaurant, begins salting the sidewalks in front of his restaurant on Broadway. Weaver says he "learned his lesson" from the last snowfall when he didn't salt the walkway before the snow accumulated.

Looking for a good scraper

Bill Berg chooses a new ice scraper on Wednesday at the Westlake Ace Hardware on Business Loop I-70.

Navigating through an e-reader

Sarah Benson navigates her way through a Nook eBook reader at a Columbia Public Library event on Tuesday. The Nook features an e-ink screen that is supposed to be easier on the reader’s eyes.

Checking out an e-reader

Brooke and Julie Anson explore the possibilities of using eBooks at an event at the Columbia Public Library on Tuesday. Julie Anson said that the versatility and small size of the Nook made it her top choice of the evening.

Trucks get ready for salting roads

Robert Hostetter, operator for Boone County Public Works, positions the front-end loader in front of a salt bay at the Boone County Public Works salt facility. Hostetter said the crew has been working since morning to load salt into trucks in preparation for snow.

Preparing trucks for plowing

Robert Hostetter, operator for Boone County Public Works, uses a front-end loader to scoop salt from the 400-ton pile at the Boone County Public Works salt facility off U.S. 63 on Wednesday.