Slow Warm Up Coming After Extreme Cold

7:20 PM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
A frozen fountain on the campus of the University of South Carolina on Jan. 7th, 2014.
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The extreme cold weather that's moved through South Carolina will slowly come to an end over the next several days.

Columbia set a daily record low Tuesday with a temperature of 13 degrees, with similar (and in a few cases lower) temperatures recorded in the region. The high also set a record too: the 30 degrees seen Tuesday was the lowest high temperature for January 7th ever.

Wednesday morning temperatures aren't going to feel much better, with forecast lows expected into the teens. However, winds will be calmer, meaning the wind chill should dip down close to zero.

News19 Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy says a high pressure system is moving east through the southern United States, and as it does, it will help to slowly push the polar air that parked across much of the eastern U.S. out of the area. As it does, we'll see warmer temperatures beginning on Wednesday, with highs in the low 40s. Lows will dip back down into the upper 20s Thursday morning, and highs in the 40s again on Thursday, with a chance of rain as well. By Friday, we'll see highs into the 50s.

The weekend is where we'll really start to see the warm-up. Forecast highs for both Saturday and Sunday call for highs in the mid to upper 60s, but there will be a chance of rain both days.

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