Warmer temperatures expected leading up to new year

Monday, December 27, 2010 | 3:14 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Didn't shovel after the snow last Friday? A warm-up starting Wednesday will probably take care of it. The National Weather Service predicts high temperatures in the mid to upper 50s later in the week.

Weather service meteorologist Mark Britt said temperatures will gradually warm through the week.

Temperatures in Columbia are expected to rise to a high of 42 degrees on Wednesday, 54 degrees on Thursday and 58 degrees on Friday, according to the service website.

But rain is also forecast for Thursday and Friday. 

The weather service forecasts a cold front arriving during the evening hours of New Year's Eve. The Friday night low is predicted to be 26 degrees.

"Currently, there is some potential for snow on New Year's Eve, but not accumulating," Britt said.

Britt said the current models are not permanent and the cold front might come sooner or later than the 31st.

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