On Thursday evening, Columbians swarmed area grocery stores and hardware stores to stock up on food and supplies to get through a potentially rough weekend. 

“People are getting more prepared this time compared to last time,” said Joe Clemens, an assistant manager at Ace Hardware on Business Loop 70. “People are preparing more this time for power loss.”

Boone County offices are closed Friday, according to a news release. Also, Columbia city offices, including the municipal court, will be closed and all city meetings have been canceled, according to a news release.

COMO Connect, the city's bus system, has suspended service Friday due to the weather, according to a news release. System staff will reevaluate the road conditions Saturday morning to decide whether service will resume.

Friday trash pick-up in residential areas will be delayed until Saturday, Jan. 21, according to a city news release.

Columbia Public Schools announced earlier Thursday that all schools will close on Friday. Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School is closed Friday, and so is Southern Boone School District.

MU has also announced a full closure of the campus. Only employees who are situationally critical should report to work.

Also, Columbia College and Stephens College have announced they will be closed Friday.

MU encourages students not to drive back to campus until Monday, Jan. 16. School officially opens Tuesday, after the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  Residence halls will be open on Friday.

All MU Health Care hospitals will remain open. The Veterinary Health Center, which includes the Equine Center, will remain open for emergencies. The MU Student Center, Student Recreation Complex and select dining facilities will remain open with limited services.

Also, all Boone Hospital Center outpatient clinics – including those at Nifong Medical Plaza and Boone Medical Group primary care and convenient care clinics – are expected to be closed on Friday, according to a hospital news release. The hospital will remain open.

For a list of closures and cancellations that is updated regularly, click here.

American Airlines is waiving the change flight fee for people traveling to Columbia Regional Airport who:

  • Are traveling on an American Airlines flight.
  • Bought the ticket by Jan. 10.
  • Are scheduled to travel Jan. 13-14.
  • Can travel Jan. 11-16.
  • Don't change the origin or destination city.
  • Rebook in the same cabin or pay the difference.

Government offices will be closed Monday, and the city is rescheduling trash and recycling pickup. 

Columbia Utilities will not be collect trash and recycling on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Pick up will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. 

Missourian reporters Noemi Vallone and Sharon Mai contributed to this story.

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