COLUMBIA — A strong storm system is expected to pass through northwest Columbia in the next 24 to 36 hours causing the temperature to drop.
Ben Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, cautioned people to take a coats with them to their New Year's Eve parties as the temperature will be significantly cooler than earlier in the evening.
“The temperature will fall dramatically from mid-60s tomorrow to mid-30s on Saturday for highs,” Miller said.
The system is pulling warm, moister air from the Gulf of Mexico, which is creating warmer temperatures ahead of the storm, he said. It was 58 degrees as of 11 a.m. Thursday.
The storm may bring intense rainfall for a short period time, Miller said.