The tornado touched down Sunday about 10 miles west of Little Rock at around 7 p.m., then carved an 80-mile path of destruction as it passed through or near several suburbs north of the state capital, including Vilonia.
Rain and snow is predicted to fall in Columbia until 5 p.m. Monday. A freeze warning will take effect at 11 p.m.
Star-gazers will look to the sky Monday night for the first total lunar eclipse since 2011.
The average temperature Wednesday was 53, with a high of 69, according to the National Weather Service.
A total of 6.34 inches of rain fell on Columbia from Tuesday to Thursday, setting two single-day records along the way.
Early morning flooding had caused the closures of a few roads in Boone County Thursday morning, and high water led to a rescue of two women whose car was trapped on Blackfoot Road.
The tornado downed several power lines and trees, some of which blocked major roadways.
Columbia could experience heavy rains, damaging hail, potential tornado warnings and flash floods between Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Stephen Phillips said Tuesday was one of the last opportunities to carry out a controlled burn on his field before the grass starts growing again.
Dry and windy weather conditions contributed to several fires in Boone County on Sunday afternoon.
When a tornado warning is issued for anywhere in Boone County, outdoor warning sirens sound across the entire county — as many Columbia residents learned Thursday night. But this system might be changing, according to the Office of Emergency Management.
A tornado watch was issued for most of central Missouri on Thursday evening. Columbia could see large hail, strong winds and the possibility of isolated tornadoes as a storm system moves across the state, said Jayson Gosselin of the National Weather Service.
The Columbia Public Works Department is treating bridges to prevent freezing.
The last time the storm season got off to a slow start was in 2002, when there were 936 tornadoes across the U.S., well below the annual average of 1,200.
The last weekend of winter brought temperatures in the 70s on Saturday and the possibility of sleet and snow on Sunday. We wanted to know how Columbia residents thought of this winter, and here are the responses we got.
Farmers might be in for another season of soil problems after a record-tying cold winter.
Monday's 70 degree temperatures will last through Tuesday. A possibility of light snow is forecast for Wednesday.
Warm air from the southwest is causing warmer temperatures in the area, but the warmth won't last long.
A team of MU researchers will head into elevated convection thunderstorms, which could help to better predict flash floods and save lives.
Some local companies have boomed during one of the coldest winters in years. Others are just looking forward to spring.