WINTER WEATHER: Warming centers available in Columbia as cold weather hits
COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
The City of Columbia sent a press release on Thursday reminding residents of warming centers throughout the city before cold temperatures sweep through the area.
Warming centers are open during each location’s business hours and are located at:
- ARC (Activity and Recreation Center), 1701 W. Ash St.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Saturday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- City Hall, 701 E. Broadway
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed this Monday for holiday)
- Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, 1005 W. Worley St.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.
- Salvation Army, 1108 W. Ash Street
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m.
- Salvation Army Harbor House, 602 N. Ann Street
Hours: Daily 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- St. Francis House, 901 Rangeline Street
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 7-8:30 a.m.; Every evening: 7 – 9 p.m.
A temporary overnight center is also available at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Boulevard, according to the city’s website.
The press release also stated that this Monday’s hours could be affected by Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The city previously said that the city’s offices would be closed on Monday in observance for the holiday. A city spokesperson confirmed that city hall would not be open as a warming center on Monday.
City of Fulton asks residents to conserve energy
The City of Fulton asked residents Thursday to conserve energy ahead of a brutal cold snap, echoing what happened two years ago when prices spiked.
The city, which runs a municipal utility, asked residents to conserve from Friday to next Tuesday, a period when temperatures are expected to dip below zero. Single digits are forecast for highs on some of those days.
The city was forced to spend millions of unbudgeted dollars in 2021 when prices snapped during a deep freeze that disrupted natural gas distribution in Texas.
Columbia Public Schools cancels Friday classes
Columbia Public Schools announced in an email that the district will not be in session on Friday.
“The expected midday arrival of winter weather coupled with dropping temperatures throughout tomorrow are of concern. The timing of these weather elements may not allow for a safe dismissal at the end of the school day. The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority,” the email reads.
The ABC 17 News Stormtrack Weather Team has issued a Weather Alert Day that begins on Friday with snow coming into the area, before dangerous temperatures hit the area this weekend.
Columbia Public Schools was among many of the Mid-Missouri school districts this week who canceled class on Tuesday due to snowfall in the area. CPS also decided to have a two-hour delayed for Wednesday for additional time to clear its sidewalks and parking lots.
CPS’ email also states that “the district has enough instructional hours built into its school year calendar to allow for approximately 6 winter weather days to be taken without having to make them up at the end of the school year.”
Stay up to date with all area school closings and delays on our website.
Parson signs order easing commercial driving requirements ahead of frigid weather
Gov. Mike Parson signed an executive order on Thursday that waives some commercial driving restrictions ahead of a frigid cold spell entering the area this weekend.
According to a press release from the governor’s office, the order suspends hours of service regulations for drivers who are transporting residential heating fuels such as propane, natural gas and heating oil. The order also activates the National Guard for state and local responses, if needed.
“With extreme cold forecasted for this weekend, we want to be prepared to respond however may be needed,” Gov. Mike Parson said in the email. “Missourians should be proactive in their preparations and so too should state government. This Order helps ensure Missourians’ homes stay heated and that state government and our National Guard members stand ready to assist.”
Check back for updates.