WHAT OTHERS SAY: Key questions must be answered after deadly Kansas City blast

Investigators must determine why someone in authority didn't order an evacuation soon after the city and Missouri Gas Energy were notified of a gas leak more than an hour before the explosion near Country Club Plaza.

LIVE UPDATES: Weather and road conditions, cancellations listings

The Missourian's staff is collecting a list of cancellations, updates about the weather and road conditions.

UPDATE: Snowstorm closes I-70 in Boone County, causes accidents

Traffic jams were a problem throughout the day on Interstate 70, U.S. 63 and other roads in the Columbia area.

National Weather Service increases expected snow amount in Columbia

The National Weather Service updated its snowfall forecast at midday Thursday from an earlier estimate of 4 to 6 inches.

Heavy snow challenges road crews

City crews were focused on priority streets until passable before moving into residential areas, Steve Sapp of Columbia Public Works said.

Winter storm blankets Great Plains with snow

Treacherous conditions caused many cancelations and delays, especially in Kansas and western Missouri. The storm is expected to ease as it goes Illinois and Indiana, which are expected to get about two inches of snow and some sleet.

Columbia locations open for those seeking warmth

The locations are open to provide warmth during normal business hours.

UPDATE: Kansas City Airport closes; whiteout conditions spread

Across wide sections of the state, weather conditions dropped visibility to a point that made driving too risky.

City buses prepare to run on emergency schedule

The buses are starting with a regular schedule but will switch to an emergency schedule at 10 a.m.

UPDATE: Snow arrives, hampers morning travel

At 6:40 a.m., the storm was generating thunder snow with cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning across a broad area from south of Kansas City toward Springfield.

Beloved Kansas City eatery now a symbol of loss

Locals knew JJ's as a prime after-work stop, though it won broader attention after receiving consistently high ratings from contributors to Zagat's restaurant guides.

Thursday, Feb. 21 road conditions: See our live updates, and contribute your observations

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