Schools Close, Shelters Open As Crews Continue Response to Mid-Missouri Winter Storm | KBIA

Schools Close, Shelters Open As Crews Continue Response to Mid-Missouri Winter Storm

Jan 13, 2019

Going into the third day of snowfall throughout mid-Missouri, City of Columbia crews continue to work to restore power and clear roads throughout the city.

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City crews continued power restoration efforts today, with around 9,000 total customers affected by the weather since Friday. Large numbers of outages were caused by felled trees and limbs on power lines. According to the city's power outages map, the number of customers affected is down to the hundreds, but some residents may remain without power into Monday. Those without power whose neighborhoods are not listed on the map are encouraged to call the city at 573.875.2555.

The City of Columbia has tweeted that the American Red Cross is again setting up an emergency overnight shelter at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway to assist residents without power and in need of a warm place to spend the night. The Salvation Army's Harbor House and Room at the Inn are also providing assistance to those in need of shelter, and volunteers are needed. More information is in the City of Columbia's tweet.

Meanwhile, Columbia Public Schools will not be in session Monday, Jan. 14, and MU has announced that the campus and UM System offices also will be closed Monday. 

Road crews are also working at full capacity, according to city officials, to clear priority routes. Here's a listing of the city's first and second priority routes.  

The National Weather Service advises a light wintry mix of snow and sleet is expected today, with no hazardous weather expected Monday through Saturday. 

This story has been updated with information on school and campus closures and to reflect current numbers on power outages.