Temperatures dipped well below the average across Missouri and the Midwest on Wednesday. The blisteringly cold weather led schools across Missouri to cancel classes, including the University of Missouri.
MU announced the closure just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, blaming “mechanical issues with private shuttle contractors.”
The single-digit weather was compounded by afternoon snow, which affected traffic in the Kansas City area, where crashes were reported, the Kansas City Star reports.
Churches throughout Columbia canceled afternoon and evening activities due to the severe weather, KOMU reports.
Some businesses, though, seized the freezing cold day as an opportunity to welcome customers. Harold’s Doughnuts in Columbia tweeted Tuesday night: “Due to the extreme cold, we *WILL* be making a boatload of hot doughnuts & serving piping hot coffee tomorrow! So join us & let’s stay warm together!”
Other businesses, though, couldn’t operate in the Antarctic-like conditions. Cargill Inc. closed all of its grain plants in the Midwest, including an East St. Louis facility, Reuters reports.