The world in 2011 was still warmer than average but cooler than in recent years.
Columbia residents dressed warmly Wednesday as they went about their day in the chilly temperatures.
Though Monday's weather broke the record high temperature for the date at 70 degrees, temperatures Tuesday were much colder. Temperatures fell as low as the 20s Tuesday morning.
With a high of 70 degrees on Monday, Columbia broke the previous heat record before temperatures plunged into the 20s on Tuesday.
Columbia's homeless shelters have been full all January and the recent snow and cold has shown just how necessary their services are.
Participants in Columbia's Martin Luther King Day celebrations can expect mild temperatures and a chance of light rain Monday.
Crews decided not to pretreat interstates with a salt brine solution and instead spread rock salt after the snow hit Thursday.
Although Columbia police reported working seven snow-related accidents between midnight and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Joint Communications reports a relatively uneventful commute on the first snowfall of the year.
The winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday for hazardous driving conditions created by snow and blowing snow driven by northwest winds.
Scientists say that focusing on cutting soot and methane will curb global warming in the short term.
Columbia could expect to see a gradual drop in temperatures between 4 and 5 p.m. Wednesday, with the possibility of snow beginning around 9 p.m.
Farmers, travelers and construction businesses benefit from the warm streak, and natural gas use for home heating in Columbia is down 25 to 30 percent.
Temperatures in the mid-50s Friday and Saturday lured people outdoors to city parks and recreation areas.
Columbia was expected to see lows Tuesday night in the mid- to upper 20s. For the rest of the week, temperatures will warm to highs in the mid- to upper 50s.
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Many Columbia residents were surprised to see snow on the ground Tuesday morning and weren't prepared for the slick road conditions.
Columbia residents were hit with their first snowfall of the winter season this morning. The inch of snow and ice that fell severely hindered the morning commute.
- As of noon today, 40 injury accidents had been reported across the city to Columbia-Boone County Joint Communications.
- An advisory from the Missouri Department of Transportation attributed the treacherous conditions to a combination of light snow and freezing mist.
- The snow should end this afternoon with an inch accumulated, according to the National Weather Service.
- The temperature will drop to 18 degrees overnight, and no snow is in the forecast for Wednesday.
- MoDOT dispatched 230 trucks in 18 central Missouri counties beginning at midnight, said spokesman Jason Shafer.
- Jill Stedem of the city Public Works Department said 22 plows have been out since 5 a.m.
- For real-time 911 calls, click here.
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Columbia's first snowfall of the season should be light, according The National Weather Service.