Columbia Public Schools among many closed Monday

COLUMBIA – As snow moves in, different mid-Missouri agencies are warning people about the storms impact.

The City of Columbia is asking residents not to park on priority routes. The city also discouraged travel. A 16 person plow crew was deployed.

The City of Sedalia declared a snow emergency. Parking is prohibited along emergency snow routes so emergency vehicles and snow plows can pass through.

NOW: Columbia Water and Light outage map showing 1,424 customers without power. Most are on the citys west side. @KOMUnews

Monday Forecast: We will start the day with temperatures near 20° with wind chills in the single digits. Highs only warm to around 30° under sunny skies. Afternoon wind chills will only reach the 10s! Bundle up! #MidMoWx #MoWx @KOMUNews

Many roads in the northern part of the state are covered, please use caution.

An update on current weather conditions outside of @KOMUnews. The winds are gusting up to 40 MPH here in Columbia and snow is accumulating on our cars. Some of the buttons on our keypad to get into the newsroom are frozen stuck!

Passing the Warrensburg exit toward Columbia on I-70 from St. Louis. Stronger winds and snow on the road. @KOMUnews

Snow is lighter than it was a couple of hours ago, but winds are still gusting to 40+MPH. Visibility is still reduced and many roads in mid-Missouri are snow covered. Watch KOMU 8 News @ 9PM on @MidMissouriCW for the latest information. #MidMoWx #MoWx @KOMUnews

Another update on road conditions, this time from Grindstone Parkway in Columbia. The best advice, stay off the road. @KOMUnews

Snapshot of the calls we’re responding to #RightNow & proof that it’s a bad idea to drive tonight. #MidMOwx #MOwx

ALERT Update 11/25/18 at 7:30 p.m. Interstate 29 from north St. Joseph to the Iowa state line is now open! While the roadway is open, it is still snow packed. If you must travel please go slow, use caution and stay behind the plow – dont pass.

Traffic Alert: WB 70 is closed near Route 13 at Higginsville due to a crash.

Use precaution if your are driving through Old Hwy 63 S in Columbia. @KOMUnews

A little update with weather conditions outside of @KOMUnews. It is windy, snowy, and cold! Stay home and do not drive if at all possible!

It’s blowing hard outside @KOMUnews station building! Stay safe and warm inside and watch tonight at 9/10 for @KentonGewecke’s latest forecast. #mowx #blizzard2018 #BlizzardWarning

Between the snow and wind, driving conditions are bad. Here’s a look near I-70. Stay off the roads if you can! @KOMUnews

I-70 from Kansas City to US-65 (Marshall Junction) is impassable, especially westbound. Numerous crashes, stranded motorists and traffic is stopped. Please avoid traveling! #KCTraffic #MoWx

Conditions on #I70 at the Saline/Cooper Co. line (pic Trooper N. Wallace). #MOwx

From @Modot: ” Travel is not advised on I-70 west of Columbia. If possible, pull off and seek shelter.”Visibility is reduced to less than a mile for many locations. @KOMUnews #MoWx #MidMoWx

WARNING: Travel is not advised on I-70 west of Columbia. If possible, pull off and seek shelter.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Columbia Public Schools is the largest among more than two dozen area districts that have canceled Monday classes as blizzard-like conditions gripped central Missouri.

Snow was falling hard in the area by Sunday evening, pushed by heavy wind gusts and reducing visibility. A blizzard warning had been in effect, but was canceled in many counties at about 10 p.m. and replaced with a winter weather advisory lasting until 6 a.m. Monday. It remained in effect in Audrain County until 6 a.m.

Authorities had warned about travel hazards, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol tweeting that Interstate 70 was impassable west of Marshall.

Boonville, Centralia, Hallsville, Marshall, Fayette and Moberly were among the districts that had also called off Monday classes by 7 p.m. Sunday. 

The Missouri Department of Transportation's traveler information map showed state roads around central Missouri were either covered or partly covered by snow, with the impact lessening to the south and east. Temperatures had dropped below freezing and were expected to continue a quick descent to the low 20s with high winds pushing the wind chill even lower.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it responded to more than 100 weather-related calls including 50 slide-offs between 3 and 8:30 p.m.

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