Temperature to flirt with record, prompts fire danger warning

With Monday's forecast high of 67 degrees, the temperature could come close to the 1890 record of 68 degrees.

USDA plant hardiness zone changes for Columbia

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Man enjoys birds at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area

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.

World not quite as hot in 2011; ranks 11th warmest

The world in 2011 was still warmer than average but cooler than in recent years.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winter weather offers a variety of views

Columbia residents dressed warmly Wednesday as they went about their day in the chilly temperatures.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia adjusts to changing weather

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.


Unseasonably warm temperatures break record in Columbia

With a high of 70 degrees on Monday, Columbia broke the previous heat record before temperatures plunged into the 20s on Tuesday.

Cold snap highlights need for homeless shelters

Columbia's homeless shelters have been full all January and the recent snow and cold  has shown just how necessary their services are.  


Mild weather with a chance of showers forecast for MLK Day

Participants in Columbia's Martin Luther King Day celebrations can expect mild temperatures and a chance of light rain Monday.

MoDOT chief apologizes for road conditions in St. Louis

Crews decided not to pretreat interstates with a salt brine solution and instead spread rock salt after the snow hit Thursday.


UPDATE: Cars slow, slide on Columbia's snowy roads

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.

Blowing snow expected to keep travel dicey

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 cut soot, methane to curb warming

Scientists say that focusing on cutting soot and methane will curb global warming in the short term.

Possible snow expected Wednesday evening and Thursday

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.

This is Columbia's eighth warmest winter to date on record

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.


PHOTO GALLERY: Warm temperatures draw Columbians outdoors

Temperatures in the mid-50s Friday and Saturday lured people outdoors to city parks and recreation areas.

Icy roads hinder Columbia's Tuesday morning commute

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.

Winter safety in Columbia: Are you ready?

We created a five-question quiz to test your knowledge about snow, sports and driving tips in the winter. 

First snow in Columbia causes slippery road conditions

Many Columbia residents were surprised to see snow on the ground Tuesday morning and weren't prepared for the slick road conditions.

PHOTO GALLERY: First snowfall hits Columbia

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.