Monday's hot, humid weather broke records. The warm weather will continue but drop off later this week.
Criss Clark worked in chilly weather Thursday. It will be somewhat warmer Friday, with a forecast high of 45.
MU students returned to class on a cold winter day Tuesday for the first day of the spring semester.
The coldest location in the lower 48 states Monday was Embarrass, Minn., at 36 below. On Sunday it was Babbitt, Minn., at 29 below, according to the National Weather Service.
The high temperature reached 59 degrees Saturday, but the warm weather won't last. The forecast high is 36 for Sunday and 20 for Monday.
The National Weather Service is trying out simple, descriptive language to possibly replace its 14 watches, advisories and warnings for wintry weather — from ice storms to blizzards, wind chill to lake-effect snow.
Snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is expected in Columbia.
Columbia had the most rain of the New Year on Thursday.
Snow showers began Monday morning across mid-Missouri resulting in two inches of snow accumulation by noon.
The National Weather Service is predicting accumulation of 2 to 4 inches of snow in central and eastern Missouri on Monday.
High winds and messy mix of rain, sleet and snow make travel difficult.
Nearly two-thirds of the continental U.S. remains in some form of drought.
The National Weather Service placed 13 counties from the Bootheel to north of Cape Girardeau under a blizzard warning from Tuesday night to midday Wednesday.
Although mid-Missouri can expect some snow flurries, it is unlikely Columbia will see any real accumulation over Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
The city's Public Health and Human Services Department has coordinated a network of warming centers around Columbia for those out in the cold.
Columbia's first snow brought power outages and ended 310 consecutive days without snowfall.
Columbia Public Works continue efforts to clear roadways.
The storm, which dumped a foot of snow in parts of Iowa and Wisconsin, was part of a system that began in the Rockies earlier in the week before trekking into the Midwest. It was expected to move across the Great Lakes overnight before moving into Canada.
The latest numbers were as of Tuesday, before the arrival of the Midwest's first winter snowstorm.
Winds in excess of 30 mph with higher gusts will combine with snow and make travel difficult by Thursday afternoon.