Temperatures Monday never got out of the 30s while winds gusted up to 30 mph as an arctic air mass surged across the region, said Dan Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia.
That's considerably lower than the average high temperature in the 50s that Augusta typically feels this time of year. This week's highs -- in the 30s -- are closer to the average lows for this time of year, he said. January is usually when temperatures bottom out to what residents are seeing now.
Winds were expected to subside overnight, Miller said.
A wind advisory is in effect until 7 a.m. today, according to Pam Tucker, the director of Columbia County Emergency and Operations.
Today's temperatures are expected to rise to the 40s after lows in the mid- to upper-teens.
A chance of light snow and sleet sneaks into the area again late Wednesday night when another weather system sweeps through the Southeast.
"There's the possibility that the precipitation could start out as light snow or sleet mainly north of Augusta," Miller said. "We not expecting any accumulation, but that should turn to rain by early Thursday."
Highs on Thursday will push into the 50s, followed by the same Friday.