Light snow & light rain are expected Saturday
With pavements near or below freezing at onset, brief slickness is possible early tomorrow morning. Please drive with caution.
Any snow will quickly transition to rain as temperatures warm.
UPDATE: Crews have moved on to Short Street Garage, Feb. 15-16
Equipment installation was completed at the Fifth & Walnut and 10th & Cherry garages. Crews have moved on to Short Street Garage. Work is scheduled to be completed by Feb. 16. While both the entrance and exit lanes will be closed at the Short Street Garage, temporary diversion lanes have been created to still allow access for our customers. Motorists are advised to follow signage and cones to make their way around the closed lanes. The garage will remain open.
Intermittent entrance, exit closures scheduled for two downtown parking garages
Garages will remain open.
HUB Parking Technology, a contractor for the City of ...Columbia, plans to begin installing new equipment at two downtown parking garages this week, weather permitting. This will result in intermittent entrance and exit closures Thursday, Feb. 8 through Monday, Feb. 12.
Fifth and Walnut parking garage:
+On Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 a.m., work is scheduled to begin on the Fifth and Walnut parking garage exit lane. An entire closure will not occur but there will be a diversion around the construction. Motorists should watch for workers and follow the cones out. Work is scheduled to be completed by Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
+On Saturday, Feb. 10, the west entry lane at the Fifth and Walnut parking garage will be closed beginning at 7 a.m.. Motorists should utilize the east entrance. The lane is expected to reopen by Sunday, Feb. 11 at 7 a.m.
+On Sunday, Feb. 11, the east entry lane at the Fifth and Walnut parking garage will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. Motorists should utilize the west entrance. The lane is expected to reopen by 7 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12.
10th and Cherry parking garage:
+On Thursday, Feb. 8, the 10th and Cherry parking garage entry and exit lanes on the Hitt Street side will be closed beginning at 10 a.m.. Motorists should utilize the 10th Street side. Work is scheduled to be completed by Friday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.
Widely varying temperatures are forecast for Thursday through Sunday across Missouri and Illinois. Highs on Thursday will be near records for February 15th, bu...t then a strong cold front will move through the area Thursday night, causing temperatures to plunge back to well below normal. Another system will move through the lower Mississippi Valley on Saturday bringing rain and snow to mainly southern Missouri and southern Illinois...but some precipitation may reach as far north as the I-70 corridor. Warmer temperatures are forecast for Sunday with highs jumping back to well above normal.
We have a Valentine's Day treat for those who have been missing warm weather. Temperatures the next two days will be running 20 to 30 degrees above normal! High...s today will be in the 50s and 60s, with 60s and 70s expected on Thursday! After some morning rains today, the afternoon will be dry. Additional rainfall is expected Thursday into Thursday night as a cold front approaches the region.
Extended forecast update...
20% chance of rain Wednesday.
40% chance of rain Thursday.
20/20% chance of rain/snow Friday.
This forecast is subject to change due to
Sidewalk closure scheduled for section of S. Fifth Street, Feb. 15
Beginning Thursday, Feb. 15, Grizzley Bear Lawncare, a private contractor for The U Centre on Turner, plans to perform maintenance on the area between 401 Turner Ave. and 601 Fifth St. This will result in sidewalk closure on the west side of south Fifth Street (between Conley Avenue and Turner Avenue). The work associated with the closure is scheduled to be completed by 5 p.m. on the same day, weather permitti...ng.
Motorists and nonmotorized transportation users are urged to exercise extreme caution when in the work zone. Pedestrians should find alternate routes when possible.
What's in the extended forecast?
30 percent chance of rain Wednesday.
40 percent chance of rain on Thursday (so there is some potential for slickness Thursday night as temperatures drop below freezing at some point.)...
30 percent chance of some light snow showers on Friday.
Forecasts likely to become more certain as the weekend nears.
We ramped up to a crew of 22 today and began treating residential neighborhoods in the afternoon. An 8 person crew will report at 7 p.m. First and Second Priority Streets have been treated but still have some damp spots. Crews will be watching for any potential refreeze overnight.
Crews are currently working in subdivisions. The plan is to continue to work in subdivisions through the night unless refreezing occurs on First and Second Priority Streets. If refreezing does occur, then crews will move from treating in the subdivisions back to treating Designated Snow Routes.
For the morning commute, winter driving conditions should be expected especially in subdivisions. Drivers should drive with extreme caution as black ice may develop overnight even on treated streets.
A 14-person crew is in place at 7 a.m. Focus will be on first and second priority routes. Some minor continuing freezing drizzle is expected this morning.
Pavement temperatures are expected to rise above freezing in the afternoon. Until then motorists are urged to drive with extreme caution.
A new 8-person crew reported at 7 p.m. A full crew is on call. Crews will continue to focus primarily on Designated Snow Routes. Current forecast calls for a little less than 1 inch of snow overnight.
Weather patterns remain unpredictable as to exact location and timing through Sunday morning but freezing rain, sleet and snow are likely.
Please continue to be vigilant and prudent while driving and anticipate winter road conditions.
An 8-person Public Works crew continues responding to winter road conditions on Designated Snow Routes.
Feb. 9, 4 p.m.: A light amount of freezing rain/glazing conditions is currently anticipated to begin around 10 o'clock, based on forecasts.
Public Works currently plans to have an 8-person crew in place at 9 p.m. responding to conditions.
"We may ramp up response depending on how conditions develop," Engineering Manager Richard Stone said. "There is currently a fair amount of residual salt on first and second priority routes, but motorists should expect winter driving condit...ions to be present."