Warm weather will be brief with light snow predicted for mid-week

Monday, March 10, 2014 | 11:08 a.m. CDT; updated 11:24 a.m. CDT, Monday, March 10, 2014

COLUMBIA — One week after a record low of minus 2 degrees, Columbia residents will enjoy a brief respite from a harsh winter.

But on Wednesday, temperatures are expected to drop as a cold front moves into the region with an outside chance of snow.

Last week, the low temperature set a record that had held since 1900. Today's projected high is 69 degrees, well below the record high of 82 in 1955, but more than 70 degrees warmer than this time last week.

According to Ben Miller, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in St. Louis, last week's record lows were a result of northwest airflow, bringing Arctic air to the region. This week, warmer air from the southwest is causing warmer temperatures in the area.

Wednesday's forecast is a high of 40 degrees and a low of 27, according to the National Weather Service. Average temperatures for early March are between 40 degrees and 45 degrees.

"In the Columbia area, if it snows at all, it probably won't accumulate," Miller said.

He said the weather is likely to warm up again, but that won't last long either.

The Weather Service doesn't make long-term forecasts, but Miller said the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting lower-than-average temperatures next week.

"I'd like to say the warm weather is going to stay, but there is a strong indication that we'll see highs in the 40s, which is below average conditions for this time of year," Miller said.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

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