Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The wave of polar air that's moving down through the United States has led to a record low in Columbia.
Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service recorded a temperature of 13 degrees at its official reporting station, setting the record low for this date in history.
These cold temperatures combined with gusty winds have led to dangerous wind chill temperatures. With the wind, the "feels like" temperature is closer to zero degrees.
A wind chill advisory remains in effect for all of the Midlands until 10AM Tuesday.
The old record low for January 7th in Columbia was 16°, and that was set in 1924, while the record minimum high temperature is 31° from 1988.
The minimum high record is also in jeopardy; currently, the forecast is for a high of 30 degrees.
Wednesday morning will be very cold too with lows falling into the middle teens, but this would be above the record of 12° set in 1970.
Temperatures will begin to moderate closer to normal by the end of the workweek and by Saturday we may see temperatures in the lower to middle 60s for highs.