(COLUMBIA, MO) - Due to the anticipated approach of winter weather, a 26-person City of Columbia Public Works plow crew will report for duty at 2 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6 to respond to conditions as they develop. Crews will primarily focus on treating first and second priority routes; attention will also be given to bridges, hills and intersections.

Temperatures will be extremely low Thursday morning, creating the possibility for residents to encounter slick roads during their morning commute. Motorists are advised to engage in prudent winter weather driving by keeping their speed low and by being attentive.

Accumulation could potentially be around two inches. In cases of snowfall being two inches or greater, an announcement may be made that parking is prohibited on Columbia's priority roads. You can find out which roads are priority roads at, and be informed as to when the priority parking rule goes into effect by following Public Works social media, visiting, or by texting your zip code to 888-777 for text alerts. Even if parking on priority roads is not prohibited, avoiding parking on priority roads during winter weather allows drivers to clear roads safely and more efficiently.

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Residents are also reminded to remove snow from sidewalks adjacent to the property they own or rent. We sincerely appreciate the cooperation of the community as Public Works strives to provide the best winter weather response to our residents as possible.

Public Works and City staff will continue to closely monitor road conditions and adjust operational plans as needed. As winter weather can be unpredictable, residents are encouraged to closely monitor the forecast and changing road conditions throughout the mid-Missouri area.

Additional updates will be available via press release, on Public Works social media pages and at

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