Wild temperature swings expected in Columbia this week

Monday, December 2, 2013 | 4:06 p.m. CST; updated 10:09 p.m. CST, Monday, December 2, 2013

COLUMBIA — This week's wardrobe should include both T-shirts and heavy jackets because the temperature in Columbia will vary by almost 40 degrees.

The high will be 59 degrees on Monday and 66 degrees on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. That doesn't contend with the record high of 75 degrees set in 1948, but it will still shed some warmth on the city.

Tom Spriggs, a meteorologist for the weather service, said the temperature increase is due to a warm front being pushed by winds from the south.

But the gentle weather could be over by midweek — snow is on the horizon.

"There's a front coming in Wednesday," Spriggs said. "There is a leading edge of Arctic air coming down."

By Friday, temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s with a 40 percent chance of snow.

It would be Columbia's first accumulating snow of the season, Spriggs said — typical for early December.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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