It's supposed to get into the upper 50s this week, according to the National Weather Service.
Blanket of snow lured outdoor fun-seekers to park for rounds of sledding.
Road crews will work around the clock if necessary, officials say.
The grandchildren of Chancellor Brady Deaton took advantage of an empty Francis Quadrangle to have a snowball fight with their parents.
Holiday travelers are bracing for weather delays and congested roads and airports. "People that are going to Grandma's house," warned Bobby Boyd, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Nashville, "need to get going."
Snowfall made traveling tough on Friday in northeastern Iowa, where the bulk of the storm hovered. Drivers reported few snow plows on the road.
Winter weather heralds seasonal events, holidays and annual concerns regarding cinder use in making streets safer.
Despite cloudy skies and frigid temperatures, people across four continents were still able to view the lunar eclipse with a little help from the Internet.
KRCG's Zac Evans is predicting rain Wednesday that will turn into freezing rain Thursday. It's too early to say whether there will be snow for Christmas Day.
Freezing rain causes road closing in eastern and central Missouri.
One multi-vehicle accident closed Broadway for more than an hour. Overall, the Columbia Police Department reported about a dozen accidents, not including vehicles merely sliding off the road.
The coldest air of the season will be arriving Sunday with highs in the low 20s.
State health and emergency management officials are promoting Wednesday at Winter Weather Awareness Day. They are urging the public to be prepared for the cold.
Missouri's dry fall weather poses increased risk of wildfires, and residents are warned to take care.
Thursday marks the 228th consecutive day that Columbia's high temperatures have reached at least 50, but it appears the streak is about to end.
City and state officials said cinders are used during severe storms because they provide better traction and cinders save money because they don't cost anything.
The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for nearly the entire state of Missouri.
A combination of low relative humidity, strong winds and warm temperatures increase the potential of fires.
A fast moving storm traveling from the Pacific Northwest caused high winds, tornadoes and snow throughout the Midwest and South.
As of this morning, 16,000 Ameren customers in St. Louis were still without power.