As much as a half-inch of snow is forecast in Columbia from a winter storm affecting the Midwest.
In trying to forecast when snow would first hit the city, Missourian reader Andrew Gibson created this graphic, which shows when Columbia saw its first snowfall each year since 2000.
Forecasters don't expect the storm to interrupt Columbia's ongoing stretch of consecutive days without measurable snowfall
Columbia has gone 303 days without snow, a streak that ranks No. 6 on the list of most consecutive days without snow in Columbia since 1890.
Although temperatures have dropped early this week, Columbia is still on track to have the warmest year on record.
Residents from Connecticut to Rhode Island saw 3 to 6 inches of snow on Wednesday. Worcester, Mass., had 8 inches of snow, and Freehold, N.J., had just over a foot overnight.
In New Jersey, winds were kicking up Wednesday morning and some battered shore communities were ordering mandatory evacuations for later in the day.
The rule bars shutoffs of heat-related gas and electric service when temperatures are expected to fall below 32 in the following 24 hours, and is in effect from Nov. 1 through March 31.
New York City buses returned to darkened streets, two airports reopened and the New York Stock Exchange prepared to resume trading, but it was clear that restoring the region to its ordinarily frenetic pace could take days.
More than 8.2 million households were without power in 17 states as far west as Michigan in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The storm is expected to have caused about $20 billion in damages and $10 billion to $30 billion in lost business, according to the forecasting firm IHS Global Insight
The U.S. death toll has climbed to 35, many of the victims killed by falling trees.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the power company said it could be the weekend before the lights come on for hundreds of thousands of people plunged into darkness by what was once Hurricane Sandy.
A single storm cannot be linked to global warming, scientists say. However, for more than a dozen years, climate scientists have been warning about the risk for big storms and serious flooding in New York.
Hurricane Sandy could be among the ten costliest hurricanes in U.S. history.
As Hurricane Sandy moves across the Eastern Seaboard, officials have ordered the evacuation of low-lying and coastal areas from Maryland to Connecticut and New York City. Missourian staff spoke to a variety of people in the storm's path.
Missouri Task Force 1 has been deployed. Linemen from Columbia anticipate rebuilding electrical grid in West Virginia.
The Missourian provides aggregated information on Hurricane Sandy.
Sandy, which had been previously classified as a hurricane, ripped through the East Coast on Monday leaving power outages, flooding and destruction in its path.
The first fall frost of the year for the Columbia area was recorded at Sanborn Field on Oct. 27.
Major U.S. financial markets, including the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and CME Group in Chicago, planned a rare shutdown Monday.