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.
Showers will be off and on Saturday with the best chance of rain late Friday night and early Saturday morning.
Oh, such sunny, cool-warm-cool days we are having — and will have, for a few more days. We have La Niña to thank. Now get out and enjoy it.
Inland areas of Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic, Ohio and parts of New Jersey to Maine have been the driest. The dry weather has yet to affected consumers.
Severe thunderstorms are a possibility in Boone County until 10 p.m.
A flash flood watch was posted for Boone and adjacent counties from noon Wednesday through Thursday morning.
Rain from tropical storm Hermine is likely to cause wet weather this week for Missouri.
Hurricane Earl is approaching North Carolina's Outer Banks and might reach the coast of Massachusetts shortly.
The Category 4 storm is expected to scrape Cape Hatteras, Long Island and eastern New England.
Officials hope the 800 or so local residents will follow tourists off the Outer Banks island before the hurricane strikes.
The hurricane is forecast to potentially brush North Carolina late Thursday before heading parallel to land up the East Coast.
The East Coast of the U.S. could see some rain from the storm later this week.
The 2011 edition of the Farmers' Almanac calls for a brutal winter season in Missouri, with plenty of snow and cold temperatures through March.
Schools without air conditioning will dismiss early Friday. All other schools will remain in session all day.