Historic Cold Ending in Columbus

By Derek Kinkade   - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  When 2010 started the big news was how wet we ended 2009.  The weather news quickly changed, however,  to extreme cold, as several arctic cold fronts made their journey into the Southeast.

Since the first of the year, our average high has been around 41 degrees with the average low at 22 degrees, making it the coldest twelve day stretch of weather in our history.

This included three straight nights with temperatures in the teens; the record is four.

We had nine days in a row with lows below 25 degrees.  That is the most consecutive nights below 25 since records have been kept, shattering the old record of six set in January of 1977.

Daytime highs also struggled to warm up, with five of the last twelve days having a high below 40 degrees.

The cold weather was enough to turn any water into ice.  Many of you submitted pictures to us of the effects of the extreme cold, from frozen fish ponds thanks to Joanne Nelson in Phenix City, to ice forming on Lake Harding, sent to us by Vicki Pennington.

It seems liked wherever you looked, any sort of fountain or swimming pool was coated with a thick layer of ice.  With the extreme cold, there was even snow, falling during the evening and night of January 7th, causing a dusting for areas in Chambers, Harris, Troup, and Meriwether Counties.

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