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Blistering cold to lift by Christmas Day

Monday, December 23, 2013 | 4:21 p.m. CST; updated 6:02 p.m. CST, Monday, December 23, 2013
The afternoon sun breaks through clouds and shines on a frozen field Monday at the Forum Nature Area. Much of the foliage in the area is still sheathed in ice from the past weekend's winter rain and sleet and persisting cold temperatures.

COLUMBIA — Although Columbia won't see a white Christmas, the blistering cold should be over by Christmas Day.

Monday evening the will see the coldest temperatures of the year, according to Butch Dye with the National Weather Service in St. Louis. Overnight Monday, the temperature will drop to 1 degree with a wind chill of 5 below zero.

The cold will persist through Tuesday. During the day, temperatures will hit a high of 25 degrees, and overnight the low will be 22 degrees, according to the National Weather Service's 7-day forecast.

The cold weather is caused by Arctic air from the North Pole pushing into the central United States, Scott Truett with the weather service said.

However, the weather will warm up on Christmas Day with a high around 39 degrees and a low around 20 degrees, Truett said.

Although it certainly won't be warm, this will be more in line with the average temperatures on Christmas. Historically, Christmas Day has seen a high of 39 degrees and a low of 21 degrees, Truett said. 

Holiday travel conditions should be clear, Truett said. Christmas Day will be partly cloudy. There's a chance of snow flurries on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but there should be no significant winter weather during the holidays.

Columbia is not expected to see any major snowfall or ice for at least a week, Dye said.


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