Thanksgiving week is expected to start out very cold in the Midlands, but the temperatures are expected to thaw when the turkeys do in time for Thursday’s holiday.
That’s what the National Weather Service in Columbia is saying in its latest seven-day forecast.
A frost warning is in effect Sunday for Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties among others across South Carolina. Overnight temperatures are expected to hover around freezing, dropping to 34 degrees in the NWS Columbia forecast.
More patchy frost is expected in the morning, in time for the start of the work/school week commute. As the day goes on, the temperature is predicted to rise, with a possible high of 60 degrees on a sunny day with light, variable winds.
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Monday night is forecast to be a repeat of Sunday, with more temperatures in the 30s around freezing and the possibility of more frost. But as night gives way to Tuesday, the temperatures are predicted to rise – for the rest of the week.
Daily high temperatures in and around the 60s, will slightly drop on Thanksgiving Day, according to NWS Columbia. The holiday is expected to be overcast, but mild with a high near 56 degrees.
It should be nice enough to spend time outside, possibly for a backyard football game or to rake leaves and briefly escape visiting family members.
But as the sun sets, the temperature will drop again.
So if you’re heading home after a Thanksgiving feast, be sure to bring a heavy coat, along with a warm hat and gloves or mittens.
Patchy frost after 5 a.m. Otherwise, clear, with a low around 34. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Patchy frost before 8 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind.
A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Partly sunny, with a high near 63.
Partly sunny, with a high near 56. At night, it’s expected to change to partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
SOURCE: National Weather Service