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Record low set in Columbia overnight

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Cold weather has descended on South Carolina.

Some of the coldest temperatures in years settled in the state Tuesday morning.

In Columbia, a record low of 13 was set at Columbia Metropolitan Airport Tuesday morning. The last time the airport reached 13 degrees before this morning was January 17th, 2009.

Today's previous record low was 16 set in 1924. This afternoon, the forecast high is only 30 degrees and would set a record low/high. The current record is 31 degrees, which was set in 1988. 
 
It will be almost as cold tonight with lows falling into the lower/mid teens. The forecast low for Wednesday morning in Columbia is 15 degrees. The record low for Wednesday is 12 degrees.

Counties across South Carolina opened emergency shelters for those who needed a warm place to stay.

Low temperatures early Tuesday ranged from 6 degrees in Rock Hill to 21 degrees in Charleston and Hilton Head Island. Wind chill readings ranged from 6 in Rock Hill to 21 at Charleston and Hilton Head.

The cold led a number of school districts to delay opening so children did not have to wait for the bus in the coldest pre-dawn hours.

Forecasters say much of the state will stay below freezing throughout the day Tuesday.

The bitter cold won't last. Forecasters expect highs in the upper 50s and 60s by this weekend.

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