Eddie Naeger said he expected the extreme cold during his week-long journey, but he wasn't as prepared for his warm reception.
Forecasts call for a possible 5 to 7 inches of snow Tuesday as the Columbia region is under a winter snow warning. MU, Columbia Public Schools, Stephens and Columbia colleges and the City of Columbia offices will be closed Tuesday.
The snow will begin falling across much of Kansas between midnight and 3 a.m. Tuesday and then rapidly move eastward into Missouri around daybreak, National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Bailey said. The snowfall is expected to spread across most of Missouri, except the southeast corner of the state, by early Wednesday afternoon.
Another winter storm Tuesday could bring as much as a half foot of snow to Columbia, just as slippery weekend conditions are being cleared away.
Columbia was spoiled with two warm Januaries in a row, but this year's January saw colder-than-normal temperatures and many frozen pipes.
With most of Columbia covered in a sheer layer of ice, city crews were working around the clock to make roads passable. However, the possibility of refreezing into Sunday morning could slow the city's efforts.
Dozens of accidents were reported Friday and Saturday after freezing rain covered Columbia in a sheet of ice. As of Saturday evening, most of Columbia's residential streets were still treacherous.
Columbia is under a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. Saturday. Residents should expect snowy and icy conditions for the rest of the weekend.
To check the status of the ice on the lakes, visit the the department’s twitter account, @CoMoParksandRec.
Accumulating snow, sleet and ice are predicted on Friday night, Saturday morning and again Tuesday. Strong winds and low humidity could risk fires along Interstate 70 on Thursday afternoon.
Actual temperatures will range from the teens in northern Kentucky to double-digits below zero in Minnesota, but even colder wind chills were expected.
On a rare warm January afternoon, the Columbia Disc Golf Club hosted its Ice Bowl Charity Tournament. Players aren't opposed to playing in poor conditions, which will likely arrive this week.
A high of 13 was forecast for Thursday with a low around 3 degrees Thursday night and wind chill values as low as minus 10.
A series of strong cold fronts moving east out of northern and northwestern Canada will keep temperatures low for the rest of the week.
Columbia reached a high of 50 degrees on Monday, just a week after a polar vortex brought negative temperatures to the area.
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Columbia residents were drawn outside by the sunny weekend weather, playing music, enjoying ice cream and making artwork downtown.
Light snow, mixed at times with freezing drizzle, was expected to develop overnight and continue into Thursday morning, with accumulations of up to an inch of snow and a light glazing of ice, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures are expected to rise on Wednesday but still leave most of the United States below freezing.