Arctic blast set to blow into the Midlands
Mon, 06 Jan 2014 09:11:11 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- An arctic cold front is set to bring possible record breaking temperatures to the Midlands.
Frigid temperatures continue to move into the area behind a cold front that pushed through Monday morning.
Winds have also increased behind the front to 10-20 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph.
We expect an overnight low of the 13 degrees at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The record low temperature is 16 degrees (1924). The rural areas will be a few degrees cooler.
When you factor in the wind, we could see wind chill values below zero.
The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for the entire Midlands on Tuesday from 1 a.m. until 10 a.m.
A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air temperatures and strong winds will make it feel very cold on your skin if it is not protected.
If precautions aren't taken, frost bite and hypothermia could become an issue if you must be outdoors. Gloves and a hat are recommended.
It's also a good idea to check on those without heat and to bring pets inside for the overnight hours.
Temperatures will also struggle to get to "freezing" on Tuesday afternoon and will be back down to the mid-teens early Wednesday morning. Tuesday's record "low maximum" temperature at Columbia Metropolitan Airport is 31 degrees.
A Lake Wind Advisory is also in effect from 5 a.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Temperatures will be back to the 50s by by the end of the week.
If the temperature at Columbia Metro Airport were to drop below 13 degrees, it would be the coldest temperature since January 28, 1986. It was 9 degrees on that date.
Stay with the SkyWACH Weather Team for the latest on the cold temperatures. Your forecast can always be found here.