COLUMIBA, MO. (KPLR) –Classes resume Wednesday at the University of Missouri in Columbia after a second straight week where the school was shut down for a day by winter weather. Columbia had nine inches of snow Monday night into Tuesday. Stacked on top of remaining snow from a storm last week, and fourteen inches are on the ground in Mid-Missouri.
Roads in the city of a little over 100 thousand people were cleared in relatively short order, with highways and main streets in good shape by late afternoon Tuesday. Some say it was a welcome change from the first storm last Thursday.
“This week they did a better job after the horribleness of last week,” student Jorge Morejon-Garcia said. “They actually had stuff out the night before being ready.”
Chase Skawinski, a student from Fenton, agreed.
“Last week on Thursday they were not prepared at all. It was really bad. A lot of accidents,” he said. Asked if the second time was better, he replied, “Yes, much better.”
There were a number of power outages in the area, though it wasn’t as bad around Columbia as in other parts of the state. About 12 thousand customers had no lights at the peak, with most back on line by Tuesday night.
The greater problem around campus was an internet outage caused by a fiber line owned by Mediacom being cut. Students packed open businesses like Starbucks Coffee, taking advantage of the free and functioning wifi.
Others used it as a reason to have snowball fights or build snowmen.
“Without internet it’s been kind of boring so I could really use a day to get the homework caught up,” Cameron Blake said after building a snowman in the shadow of the university’s famed columns.
But there will be no snow day. It’s back to class Wednesday, and many say they’re ready for the winter weather to come to an end.
“We’re definitely not minding the few days off,” Hunter Whitt of Wentzville said. “But I’m getting tired of the sludge around campus and not being able to walk or drive around very often.”