Three people have died in Missouri, and another 10 died in southern Illinois.
An apparent tornado left a trail of destruction in the tourist hub of Branson, where the storm seemed to have hopscotched up Highway 76, scattering the area with debris, uprooting road signs and heavily damaging buildings in the city's famous theater district.
At least 6 people were killed in Harrisburg, Ill., and three others were killed in separate southwest Missouri towns. In the tourist city of Branson, 30 people were reported hurt, and hotels and famed music theaters were damaged. At least three people were critically injured in Harveyville, Kan.
In response to the May 2011 tornado in Joplin, local weather officials are stressing awareness, escape routes and safety zones in this year's storm-spotter safety classes.
Friends and families enjoy the warmer-than-usual weather in Rocheport on Sunday.
"It's Your Fault," being held Saturday, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the monumental earthquakes that occurred in Missouri's New Madrid Seismic Zones. Experts predict that earthquakes of similar magnitude are likely in the future.
By midday, 1 to 3 inches of snow had fallen in western and central parts of the state, and wind gusts of up to 20 mph were adding to the problem.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, predicting one to three inches of snow for Columbia and two to four inches in other parts of mid-Missouri.
Temperatures will drop well below freezing Friday night and continue to be low throughout the weekend.
It is estimated that 42 percent of Joplin homes do not have weather radios, which could be dangerous as the city heads into a new storm season.
After losing their homes in a deadly May 22 tornado, customers of Vivint, a Utah-based security company, are still paying bills to protect their uninhabitable buildings.
Columbia residents enjoy unseasonably warm weather with picnics and bicycle rides, which is a far cry from February 2011 when a blizzard hit Missouri.
On Feb. 1, 2011, Columbia was being hit with a blizzard that set a new record for snowfall in a 24-hour period. On Feb. 1 this year, Columbia tied for the highest minimum temperature on record.
Due to the mild winter, the city and county public works offices both plan to use their leftover snow-removal budget money for street maintenance projects in the spring and summer, such as asphalt overlay and pothole repairs.
Columbia residents experienced near-record highs Monday.
With Monday's forecast high of 67 degrees, the temperature could come close to the 1890 record of 68 degrees.
For the 6a zones that include Boone County, the average extreme minimum temperature between 1976 to 2005 was minus 10 to minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
Marvin Chapman visits the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area every week to watch and photograph birds. The National Audubon Society says Eagle Bluffs is an important area for birds.
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.