Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Thursday. Roads were closed, and flights were canceled at Kansas City and St. Louis airports.
The Missourian's staff is collecting a list of cancellations, updates about the weather and road conditions.
Traffic jams were a problem throughout the day on Interstate 70, U.S. 63 and other roads in the Columbia area.
City crews were focused on priority streets until passable before moving into residential areas, Steve Sapp of Columbia Public Works said.
Treacherous conditions caused many cancelations and delays, especially in Kansas and western Missouri. The storm is expected to ease as it goes Illinois and Indiana, which are expected to get about two inches of snow and some sleet.
Across wide sections of the state, weather conditions dropped visibility to a point that made driving too risky.
The buses are starting with a regular schedule but will switch to an emergency schedule at 10 a.m.
At 6:40 a.m., the storm was generating thunder snow with cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning across a broad area from south of Kansas City toward Springfield.
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Columbia is buckling down to prepare for Thursday's possible snowstorm. Columbia Public Schools cancels classes.
An Oklahoma man died in a storm-related crash Wednesday, and other states in the storm's path could face treacherous conditions with up to a foot of snow in the forecast.
January rains have helped pull parts of Missouri out of drought and hold promise that conditions will ease elsewhere.
About 560,000 homes and businesses remained without power late Saturday night, down from a total of about 650,000, and some could be cold and dark for days.
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The 1.53 inches of rain on Tuesday put a dent in the ongoing drought, but much more rain is needed before the spring growing season.
Police said high winds toppled a tree onto a shed in Nashville, Tenn., where a man had taken shelter, killing him.
Columbia residents will be putting winter jackets back on as Wednesday's forecast predicts snow and falling temperatures.
Monday's high temperature broke previous records for the day and the minimum temperature of 54 degrees was a record high as well.
The forecast for Tuesday afternoon called for showers and thunderstorms, some of which could be severe, with hail, damaging winds and heavy rain.
Monday's hot, humid weather broke records. The warm weather will continue but drop off later this week.