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Tracking a cold airmass that’s out just in time for the weekend

TODAY: It's cold this morning, with temperatures starting in the teens and 20s. Thanks to early clouds, and a stout breeze from the northwest, temperatures will struggle to warm out of the 20s today. Our forecast high is 30 degrees for Columbia, with some cooler to the north, and warmer to the south. More sunshine returns this afternoon, but will not warm us significantly.

TONIGHT: Winds are southwesterly buy midnight, which will start to usher in more warmth eventually, but for Friday morning, this just serves to keep temps steadily in the 20s.

EXTENDED: As skies are mostly clear overnight, we'll wake to a sunrise, but clouds will increase from there. A quick passing shortwave to our north will bring a short-lived increase in cloud cover, and a spot chance for a shower, but generally we're looking warmer and dry Friday. A much more impactful center of low pressure will approach Saturday night. This will boost temperatures into the 50s by Saturday afternoon, before showers approach in the evening. Cold air will be on the heels of the rain early Sunday morning, turning light showers, into a chance for freezing rain, and maybe a little snow. Timing is still questionable, but some limited wintry impacts are on the table. Overall moisture is light, which will limit any impacts. The biggest impact will be temperatures that will drop from a high of 51 on Saturday, to a high of 29 on Sunday. Cold air stays around at least through midweek, with slim chances for precipitation starting to show up in the forecast.

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