Latest status: December 18, 2014 – 5:30 a.m.

National Weather Service Office in St. Louis has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Columbia and central Missouri from 12 midnight to 10:00 am Thursday, December 18.

Snow began falling about 3:00 am. Crews are working 1st and 2nd priority routes and report those routes partly snow covered in most areas. Secondary roads are snow covered.

LIght snow and freezing drizzle is expected to end between 7 and 9 a.m. and pavement temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by noon.

Motorist should allow extra time for the commute this morning.

Airport Public Safety advises the main runway at Columbia Regional (COU) is open and morning flights have begun screening for boarding. Minor delays are possible.

Columbia Transit will operate normally. As with any winter weather event, there is a possibility of minor delays although none are reported at this time.

Trash and recycling collections will occur as scheduled on Thursday. Please place your materials curbside as normal.

We’re in constant contact with our forecasters and will issue updates here and on our social media sites.

Progress Map(s) : Inactive

GIS compass Track plow crews progress with these maps provided by our GIS Department with data supplied from our plow crews, inspectors, and supervisors.This section will be updated only when we are plowing and treating in residential areas.

Snow and Ice Management – Policy on Passable Roads

For snow events with less than 4 inches of snow:

  • City crews will plow and treat first and second priority streets to a passable condition, utilizing overtime if necessary.
  • Crews will plow and treat residential streets to a passable condition during regular working hours only (M-F 8-5)

For snow events with more than 4 inches of snow:

  • City crews will plow and treat first and second priority streets to a passable condition, utilizing overtime if necessary, and then;
  • Crews will plow and treat residential streets to a passable condition utilizing overtime if necessary.

The City of Columbia defines streets as passable, that although the road may still be snow packed, at least one travel lane is accessible for a front wheel drive vehicle at speeds and driving conditions below the normal posted speed limits. Your vehicles condition and your driving skills also determine your ability to navigate roads defined as passable.

1st and 2nd Priority Snow Routes – Parking Prohibited

Snow Route No Parking Sign

Whenever snow accumulates more than 2 inches on the roadway, any vehicle parked on a designated snow route must be moved off of the roadway immediately per city ordinance 14-304. By removing vehicles from priority snow routes, our plows are able to quickly and efficiently clear priority roads for improved public safety responses and move into residential areas when conditions warrant. Please help us clear roads quicker by moving your vehicle during snowfalls greater than 2 inches. The fine for failure to move a vehicle from a priority snow route is $100 plus towing and storage charges.

Automatic Alerts to Know When Snow Routes are Active

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Sign up for automatic notification when snow accumulations are forecast or do reach 2 inches or greater so you know when to move your vehicle off off priority snow routes. Click here. Make sure you subscribe to “Columbia – Public Works” and set SMS message to “Alerts, Advisories, Community”.

Helpful snow videos from the City Channel:

Snow Tips video Snow Tips: Driveways, Sidewalks, Mailboxes

Home Snow Removal Tips video Home Snow Removal Tips Video

Winter Travel Safety video Winter Travel Safety Video

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