A tornado watch was issued for most of central Missouri on Thursday evening. Columbia could see large hail, strong winds and the possibility of isolated tornadoes as a storm system moves across the state, said Jayson Gosselin of the National Weather Service.
The Columbia Public Works Department is treating bridges to prevent freezing.
The last time the storm season got off to a slow start was in 2002, when there were 936 tornadoes across the U.S., well below the annual average of 1,200.
The last weekend of winter brought temperatures in the 70s on Saturday and the possibility of sleet and snow on Sunday. We wanted to know how Columbia residents thought of this winter, and here are the responses we got.
Farmers might be in for another season of soil problems after a record-tying cold winter.
Monday's 70 degree temperatures will last through Tuesday. A possibility of light snow is forecast for Wednesday.
Warm air from the southwest is causing warmer temperatures in the area, but the warmth won't last long.
A team of MU researchers will head into elevated convection thunderstorms, which could help to better predict flash floods and save lives.
Some local companies have boomed during one of the coldest winters in years. Others are just looking forward to spring.
Columbia reached a record-low temperature of 2 below zero Monday. To put this in perspective, Missourian reporters collected anecdotes from cities around the country, including cities in Florida, Montana and Maine.
A winter storm warning has been canceled by the National Weather Service. Snow accumulation of 1-3 inches is expected Sunday.
Up to 8 inches of snow could accumulate in Columbia by Sunday night, but True/False Film Fest organizers have promised that, even with the ominous forecast, the festival will go on as planned.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for mid-Missouri in anticipation of a storm system that could dump as much as 10 inches of snow on the area.
Columbia residents can expect 5 to 9 inches of snow and sleet from Saturday evening to late Sunday night. Early forecasts suggest temperatures Sunday and Monday are not expected to leave the teens, with wind chills as low as 15 below zero.
National Weather Service senior forecaster Scott Truett said it is impossible to determine the type of precipitation and the amount expected to hit Columbia.
A polar vortex is coming back to Columbia, but, luckily for residents, not with a vengeance.
National Weather Service experts predict spring flooding will be minimal in the Midwest. The snowfall has been offset by unusually low river levels and drought.
Thunderstorms that could bring hail and between 1 and 1.5 inches of rain are expected to begin Wednesday night and continue through Thursday. The combination of rain and melting snow could cause flooding.
Weeks of subfreezing weather are giving way, at least briefly, to temperatures in the 40s and 50s, putting many Midwestern and Northeastern cities at risk for flooding, roof collapses and clogged storm drains.
The warmer weather is expected to continue into Wednesday but may bring thunderstorms, as well.