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.
We created a five-question quiz to test your knowledge about snow, sports and driving tips in the winter.
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.
Columbia's 911 dispatch site keeps a running list of where accidents are in real time. Check out this site: Real time 911 calls
What are people saying about the first snowfall of the year in Columbia?
Columbia's first snowfall of the season should be light, according The National Weather Service.
For those times when it cools off, people can use the public areas, such as lobbies and restrooms, of these places during normal business hours.
Damage from suspected tornadoes spanned Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina. It was the worst weather Alabama has faced since the tornado outbreak in April, which killed 250 people.
Wednesday is winter weather awareness day. The National Weather Service is reminding Missouri residents to make sure they have the necessary winter supplies at home and in their cars.
Crews are repairing equipment, building up supplies and getting ready to handle winter emergencies. Last year, the department decreased its use of road salt.
On Tuesday evening, a 1,300-foot-wide asteroid will pass between the Earth and the moon. It will be the largest object to approach Earth since 1976.
Cold, wet weather brought a chill to Columbia on Thursday, and the temperature is expected to be in the low 30s during the night, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
When subfreezing temperatures are expected, utility companies are not allowed to shut off natural gas or electricity to customers whose bills are overdue.
An early Nor'easter hit the Northeast this weekend, leaving millions of people without power.