COLUMBIA, S.C. — Our weather seems to be skipping fall and heading straight to winter, at least for the next week or two. The first round of cold air will push into the area on Friday, but the coldest air of the season is on the way for next week. 

A cold front will bring a chance for showers late Thursday night, clearing by the mid morning hours on Friday and leaving behind a breezy and chilly afternoon. High temperatures on both Friday and Saturday will be in the 50s which is more than 15 degrees below average.

A freeze warning was issued for the Midlands Thursday morning. The freeze warning is in effect from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday morning.  Freezing temperatures could kill sensitive vegetation and damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. Now is the time to protect your plants and pipes.

A brief warm up is forecasted on Sunday and Monday. Temperatures will return to near-average numbers for this time of the year, but the cold ahead could break records. 

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Both the GFS and ECWMF (Euro) models are agreeing on near record cold on Wednesday and Thursday. The GFS model brings the cold air in a little earlier than the ECWMF, but temperatures could drop into the 20s both Wednesday and Thursday morning with afternoon high temperatures stuck in the 40s.

Model comparison

This is very impressive cold for so early in the season and about 25 degrees below the average. The record coldest highest temperature for Wednesday November 13th is 46 degrees. Our current forecast is for next Wednesday is 49 degrees and models are trending colder than that. 

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