Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can't reach, and they can do it at less cost and with less danger than piloted planes, the scientists say.
Total accumulation is anticipated to be between 1 to 2 inches.
Sunday's high fell 2 degrees short of the Columbia record for Dec. 14, but residents didn't let that stop them from soaking up the sun.
Dangerous storm system causes accidents, evacuations and fatalities.
Ginger Zee, ABC's meteorologist, is the most-seen correspondent on evening network newscasts.
The global average temperature from January to October was 1.03 degrees Fahrenheit above average, the World Meteorological Organization said. 2014 is currently tied with 2010 for record heat levels.
The National Weather Service was forecasting a low of 8 degrees in Columbia for early Tuesday, which matches the lowest temperature on record for the date.
With snow expected throughout the day Saturday, crews have already started preparing primary roads and potential problem areas for the first snowfall.
First accumulating snow of the season expected on Saturday afternoon with around one to two inches forecast.
An Arctic blast fueled by Typhoon Nuri and the polar vortex was already dropping heavy snow in the northern plains.
Columbia residents can expect to see temperatures drop into the low 3os by Monday night.
The month of October was warmer and wetter than the norm, according to the National Weather Service, but November will start with a chill.
Below freezing temperatures are expected for Columbia late Friday night and Saturday morning.
The insides of persimmon seeds, almanacs and professional meteorologists provide different forecasts for the coming winter.
At least 27 trekkers are dead and another 70 are still missing Thursday after blizzards slammed the Himalayas in Nepal. Many foreign hikers were among the dead and missing.
Only halfway through the month, this is the third-wettest October in Columbia's history.
As rain continues Tuesday, the month is already the the third wettest October on record, with more than half the month still to come.
If the month were to end today, 2014 would land fourth on the list of wettest Octobers in Columbia history.
Overnight storms pounded swath of mid-Missouri as waves of heavy rain are expected through daybreak Saturday.
Heavy rainfall Thursday kept seven Boone County roads closed Friday.