Famously freakish: Snow-to-80 in just eight days in Columbia

jholleman@thestate.comFebruary 20, 2014 

— Columbia set a daily record high of 84 Thursday, tying the city’s all-time high for February and completing a rare snow-to-80 trip in just eight days.

That’s the second-fastest measurable snow-to-80 degrees time period in city history, topped only by the six-day turnaround after a freak March 31 snow in 1915, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

This year came close to equaling the 1915 quick change. Columbia had 2.1 inches. While it snowed in Columbia on Feb. 13, not enough fell at Columbia Metropolitan Airport to be measured. Also, the temperature hit a high of 79 in Columbia Wednesday. A little more snow Feb. 13, and one more degree Wednesday and 2014 would have tied 1915.

Thursday set the record for Feb. 20, breaking the mark of 83 set in 1991. Thursday also came close to the all-time February high temperature for Columbia. The monthly record of 84 has been equaled numerous times.

A quick cold front is expected to roll through the state Friday, bringing cooler temperatures, rain and a chance of severe thunderstorms. The most severe of the weather is expected in the Midlands in the late morning to around noon.

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