When temperatures fall below zero, frozen pipes can leak or burst, leaving residents with headaches.
The winter storm that began Wednesday dropped a little more than 8 inches of snow on Columbia, forcing snowplow drivers into action.
Unsafe paths might cause a delay in delivery or cause mail not to be delivered at all.
Snow is likely to accumulate along and north of Interstate 70. Drivers should watch out for hazardous conditions, especially on less-traveled and untreated roads.
The date's record of 3.2 inches, set in 1905, was outdone by the 3.8 inches that were measured at Columbia Regional Airport. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service reported a total of 6 inches in Columbia.
Derrick Ray is one of 30 city workers who take turns in 12-hour shifts keeping Columbia's streets passable in winter storms.
Snow and slick roads were the source of about 80 accidents in and around Columbia and caused a school bus to slide off the road.
Columbia is expected to get about 3 to 6 inches of snow by Tuesday afternoon.
School is canceled for Tuesday throughout the district
Gen. George Casey Jr. toured the sprawling southern Missouri post on Tuesday.
New Year's Eve weather shocked residents across the Midwest as tornadoes touched down in three states. However, tornadoes in December shouldn't come as such a surprise.
Donations are being accepted as Fort Leonard Wood recovers from a New Year's Eve tornado.
The temperature will drop from an expected high in the mid-60s on Friday to the mid-30s on Saturday.
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.