COLUMBIA — Pull out the mittens and scarves. A bout of cold weather is expected to hit Columbia on Monday.
According to the National Weather Service, the high for Monday is a comfortable 57 degrees with a 30 percent chance of rain during the day, but overnight the temperature is predicted to drop to a low of 19 degrees, with a 40 percent chance of snow.
Fred Glass, a meteorologist for the weather service, said he expects a very strong cold front to push through the area Monday. The cold air mass is expected to dominate the area until early Wednesday.
"With this really cold air mass coming through, temperatures are expected to drop substantially and stay well below normal," Glass said. "Tomorrow night will be the coldest night so far this fall, with temperatures dropping to the low teens."
As the cold front moves in, temperatures will quickly drop and high winds will pick up, according to Glass.
But don't expect a major snowfall. Glass said that any snow that occurs overnight will be a very light dusting.
The unseasonably cold air mass is expected to be gone by late Wednesday, Glass said.
"The temperature will slowly warm up on Wednesday with highs in the forties and lower fifties by Thursday," Glass said.
Although the cold front will be brief, winter weather still looms on the horizon.
"After the unseasonably cold weather is over, there will be a big pattern change in the weather, and temperatures will start to average out again for this time of year," Glass said.