City continues to clear roads, cold snap forces cancellations

Jan 6, 2014

Broadway in Columbia was cleared for driving earlier today.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

The snow has moved on but dangerous cold settled across Missouri on Monday amid warnings that even a few minutes of exposure was risky.

Gusting winds only made matters worse. By 8 a.m. the temperature in Columbia had plummeted to minus-9 degrees, making it one of the coldest days in decades. Wind chill temperatures today dropped to 30 below zero.

The bitter cold came a day after heavy snow. The St. Louis region got the worst of it — officially 10.8 inches in the city but up to 15 inches in the suburbs. Parts of Columbia received up to 6 inches.

Road conditions across the state were improved but still treacherous, and clearing them was a challenge. The cold made road salt less effective, and the wind was whipping the fine, powdery snow back onto cleared pavement.

Columbia public works crews have been clearing priority and residential roads throughout the day and will do so overnight. The department says about 55 percent of residential streets have been plowed to passable conditions.

Because of the cold snap, public schools in Columbia and Jefferson City have been canceled for Tuesday. For a complete list of school cancelations, go to KOMU's winter closings website.

Columbia Transit is running on Emergency Weather Schedule today with a few detours.

Columbia Regional Airport remains open, though there have been delays and flight cancelations today due to widespread flight cancelations in Chicago and other cities.

Trash and recycling collections will resume on Tuesday. Collections will be delayed one day this week.

More snow is in the forecast for mid-week.