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.
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.