La Niña, a periodic cooling of the surface temperatures of the tropical Pacific Ocean, has affected weather in most of the United States and might be contributing to the floods and storm battering Australia.
The storm brought 20 inches of snow to Hannibal and near that in Columbia and 18 inches in Jefferson City and Joplin. If not unprecedented, the storm was extremely rare, a Weather Service meteorologist said.
Snow started falling across Columbia this morning. The snowfall totals are expected to reach between 17 and 21 inches.
A winter storm hit Columbia early Tuesday morning and is expected to leave 14 to 21 inches of snow by Wednesday afternoon.
Some committee hearings are still planned, but only technical floor sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.
Almost one-third of the nation is bracing for the massive winter storm to hit Tuesday.
The storm's more than 2,000-mile reach threatened to leave one-third of the nation covered in a hodge-podge of harsh weather. Making matters worse was the expectation of brutal cold and winds gusting near 60 mph.
Interstate 70 closed across the state while Kansas City International airport closed and hundreds of flights were delayed out of St. Louis.
MU's Campus Dining Services called in extra workers Tuesday, along with some help from Residential Life staff.
The anticipated storm lives up to its hype as emergency officials in Polk County request help from the Missouri National Guard.
Despite dire warnings of the potentially deadly storm predicted to affect a third of the country, some people seemed a little excited Monday at the prospect.
Potentially the worst winter storm to hit Missouri in decades began its trek across the state Tuesday, bringing surreal amounts of snow, freezing rain and dangerously cold temperatures.
As Cyclone Yasi approaches the Australian coast, residents and visitors are evacuating. Following a series of floods, the storm is expected to be catastrophic.
When the snow has you stuck inside, there are plenty of links to keep you entertained.
For the first time in 52 years, Shinmoedake volcano had a major eruption last week, followed by a larger one this week.
Students used Facebook to organize a snowball fight on Francis Quadrangle in the middle of Monday's blizzard.
Trash, recycling collection and city buses are canceled Tuesday and Wednesday because of the coming snowstorm.
Columbia grocery stores were unusually busy Sunday night as customers prepared for a winter storm.
The university must continue to staff most dining halls and other essential services. Some employees will sleep on campus overnight to ensure they can work.
Many of the locations listed will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Call 2-1-1 for updated information.