It’s beginning to get cold, Soda Citizens. Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect in our city for January, February, and March. While exact weather conditions typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, here’s a seasonal outlook to help you prepare for what winter will bring.
Reminder: The first day of winter is on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Think Cold. This winter, Cola has a 50-60% chance of temperatures being higher than normal.
Expect slightly less precipitation. Columbia has a 33-40% chance of seeing below than average rainfall amounts this winter.
Drought development is likely this season.
Typically in Columbia, January’s temperatures stay in the 50°s and can fall into the 40°s-30°s. Though January is usually the coldest month of the year, temperatures rarely fall into the 20°s. This January you’ll likely see more of the same with the high of January falling around 57° and the low around 36.° DYK — for the entire month of January, the length of the day increases by 36 minutes, increasing around one minute, and 11 seconds per day?
February’s temperatures, both highs and lows, tend to creep up between 5-7° from January’s average temperatures, so expect temperatures around the mid-60°s. Mid-60°s make for a perfect stroll along one of our rivers wearing a light jacket.
As winter inches toward spring, March is the first time we’ll really see relief from colder weather, but march also offers a wide range of temperatures. You’ll likely see high temperatures in the mid-70°s while low temperatures rest somewhere in the 40°s. Pro tip — March is one of the best months to see zoo animals out and about at Riverbanks Zoo. Plan your visit here.