After a brief reprieve from harsh, record-setting cold nights in Sumter County, residents can expect another wave of low temperatures this weekend and even a chance of more snow early next week.
A cold front is passing through the East Friday night with rain and a low around 42 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
While Friday’s high was expected to reach near 73 degrees, Saturday should only get to near 51, and Saturday night’s low of around 27 is the warmest forecasted night through next week.
“Long-range patterns are indicating another return next week to lows in the 20s,” NWS Meteorologist Doug Anderson said Friday afternoon.
Predictions show the next few days after to be in the 40s during the day and mid- to low 20s at night, with Wednesday night falling all the way back down to 17 degrees.
“Those that have had issues with pipes … may want to spend today and Saturday making any necessary improvements before we have another three- to five-day spell of abnormally cold weather,” Anderson said. “It doesn’t help that the ground is/will be bare, as a few inches of snow actually helps as an insulating blanket.”
That insulation may be knocking on Sumter’s door again next week, with forecasts as of Friday show a chance of snow on Tuesday night and into Wednesday.