The city has had well below average snowfall not only for January but also for the winter season.
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More than 7,700 flights in and out of the Northeast were canceled, and many of them may not take off again until Wednesday. Schools and businesses let out early. Government offices closed. Shoppers stocking up on food jammed supermarkets and elbowed one another for what was left. Broadway stages went dark.
There was a 60 percent chance of precipitation Sunday and a 20 percent chance of precipitation Monday, according to the National Weather Service. A winter weather advisory was issued from 8 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.
The cold air that moves in this week is the first true taste of winter for much of the nation, so there's a chance people aren't prepared. Dress properly and remember that below-freezing temperatures can cause hypothermia, said Michael Musher of the National Weather Service.
Drivers were urged to take special caution on roads, which could be slippery from freezing rain and snow.
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Total accumulation is anticipated to be between 1 to 2 inches.
Sunday's high fell 2 degrees short of the Columbia record for Dec. 14, but residents didn't let that stop them from soaking up the sun.
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The global average temperature from January to October was 1.03 degrees Fahrenheit above average, the World Meteorological Organization said. 2014 is currently tied with 2010 for record heat levels.
The National Weather Service was forecasting a low of 8 degrees in Columbia for early Tuesday, which matches the lowest temperature on record for the date.
With snow expected throughout the day Saturday, crews have already started preparing primary roads and potential problem areas for the first snowfall.
First accumulating snow of the season expected on Saturday afternoon with around one to two inches forecast.
An Arctic blast fueled by Typhoon Nuri and the polar vortex was already dropping heavy snow in the northern plains.
Columbia residents can expect to see temperatures drop into the low 3os by Monday night.
The month of October was warmer and wetter than the norm, according to the National Weather Service, but November will start with a chill.
Below freezing temperatures are expected for Columbia late Friday night and Saturday morning.
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