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.

See where the accidents are around town

Columbia's 911 dispatch site keeps a running list of where accidents are in real time. Check out this site: Real time 911 calls

Social media commentary on Columbia's first snowfall of the season

What are people saying about the first snowfall of the year in Columbia?

Columbia's first snow predicted for Monday

Columbia's first snowfall of the season should be light, according The National Weather Service.

Warming shelters in Columbia open for those in need

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.


Six dead as storms move across Southeast

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. 

Officials urge Missouri residents to prepare for winter

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.

Missouri Department of Transportation prepares for winter

Crews are repairing equipment, building up supplies and getting ready to handle winter emergencies. Last year, the department decreased its use of road salt.

Asteroid to pass between Earth and moon Tuesday evening

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cold, wet weather covers Columbia

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.

Missouri cold weather rule for utilities taking effect

When subfreezing temperatures are expected, utility companies are not allowed to shut off natural gas or electricity to customers whose bills are overdue.