The month of October was warmer and wetter than the norm, according to the National Weather Service, but November will start with a chill.
Below freezing temperatures are expected for Columbia late Friday night and Saturday morning.
The insides of persimmon seeds, almanacs and professional meteorologists provide different forecasts for the coming winter.
At least 27 trekkers are dead and another 70 are still missing Thursday after blizzards slammed the Himalayas in Nepal. Many foreign hikers were among the dead and missing.
Only halfway through the month, this is the third-wettest October in Columbia's history.
As rain continues Tuesday, the month is already the the third wettest October on record, with more than half the month still to come.
If the month were to end today, 2014 would land fourth on the list of wettest Octobers in Columbia history.
Overnight storms pounded swath of mid-Missouri as waves of heavy rain are expected through daybreak Saturday.
Heavy rainfall Thursday kept seven Boone County roads closed Friday.
The rainfall on Thursday broke a record from 1927.
The National Weather Service reported 2 to 4 inches of rain from storms that moved through the area Wednesday night.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been posted for southern Boone County, including the city of Columbia, until 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Meteorologists in Missouri were flummoxed by the tiny dots until they researched butterfly flight patterns.
The temperature of the next few days is lower than the historical average. Friday will be the coldest with a low around 44 degrees.
The storm left more than 14,000 Columbia residents without power and caused the first call for outside help since 1981.
A lightning strike ignited an north Columbia roof, and flood water submerged roads across town.
According to the National Weather Service in St. Louis, rain, strong winds and hail are possible in Columbia tomorrow.
Showers and thunderstorms on Friday afternoon may be alarming for Saturday gamegoers and tailgaters, but storms are not in the forecast for game day.
The latest edition forecasts colder-than-normal and wetter-than-usual weather for three-quarters of the country east of the Rocky Mountains.
A heat advisory is in effect for central Missouri from Wednesday to 7 p.m. Sunday. The warning covers Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Montgomery and Osage counties. Residents are encouraged to use cooling centers.