Columbia has been colder in the past week than it ever has been this time of year, and the cold snap isn’t over yet.
Another freeze warning has been posted for much of the Midlands and Upstate for Thursday, the fifth freeze warning in eight days. For the week of March 21-26, Columbia’s average daily temperatures (daily high plus daily low divided by two) was 44.2 degrees, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.
That’s nearly two degrees colder than the coldest previous coldest March 2-27 in Columbia, back in 2006 when the average was 46.1.
With four days left in the month, March 2013 ranks as the 16th coldest March in Columbia history. But the monthly record could fall because the forecast lows for the next four days are 31 on Thursday, 33 on Friday, 39 on Saturday and 49 on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.