Snow not expected to hit Columbia

By CHARLIE SMITH,

Columbia is forecast to get cold temperatures this week but not the snow predicted further north in Mississippi.

Alan Campbell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, said Monday morning the precipitation is expected to arrive in Columbia early Tuesday morning before the extremely cold weather does.

Because those below freezing conditions don’t match up with the precipitation, it’s not likely to result in snow here, he said, as it is expected to do in Jackson and further north in Mississippi.

But he said there is the possibility of trace amounts of snow here, perhaps up to an inch in isolated locations. The best chance for that to fall is between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday, he said.

Still, the area is close enough to the predicted problems that Marion County remains under a winter weather advisory. Campbell said that travel could be difficult and there could be slick conditions and overpasses in rural parts of the county.

“Temperatures throughout the day tomorrow are going to be vastly different from what they are today,” he said. “There will be a brisk north wind, and temperatures will struggle to get out of 30s.”

It’s expected to be mostly cloudy through mid-morning Tuesday then gradually clearing with a high near 39. It will then become much colder with a low around 24 Tuesday night and a low around 28 Wednesday night.