Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The temperatures outside are dropping rapidly.
As expected, a low pressure system associated with a cold front has brought much cooler air to the Midlands. After reaching highs into the 60s, the temperature had already dipped to the 40s in some parts of the northern Midlands.
In Columbia, the temperature went from 66 degrees at 4 p.m. to 43 degrees by 6 p.m. In Blythewood, the temperature was 45 degrees at 4 p.m. with a wind chill of 38 degrees. From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the town of Winnsboro saw an 18 degree drop--from 59 to 41 degrees.
The front will bring in some precipitation. Some of the forecast models have indicated that the precipitation could end with some sleet pellets mixing in or it could end as some very light freezing rain.
Any light freezing rain or light sleet that does fall is not expected to cause any issues since ground temperatures have warmed over the last several days.
The cold air will continue to move into the Midlands overnight Monday into Tuesday morning.
Lows Tuesday are expected to fall into the upper 20s and highs will only climb into the middle to upper 40s.
We will see a slight warm-up on Wednesday before our next weather system approaches the area out of the Gulf of Mexico bringing us another good chance of rain.