Weather looking good for Pacers and Polo on Saturday

  • Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 12:59 a.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, March 29, 2013 11:38 a.m.
A large crowd of long-time friends gathered in the VIP seating area to watch the games.
Back row: Mary Smith, widow of the late Polo player Lewis Smith, and Nannie Ward. Second row: Carolyn Cato and Richard Baxter. Front row: Robert Cato, June Covar, Pixie Baxter and her mother, Charlotte Baxter.
A large crowd of long-time friends gathered in the VIP seating area to watch the games. Back row: Mary Smith, widow of the late Polo player Lewis Smith, and Nannie Ward. Second row: Carolyn Cato and Richard Baxter. Front row: Robert Cato, June Covar, Pixie Baxter and her mother, Charlotte Baxter.

The weather forecast for Saturday is calling for warmer temperatures and a little bit of sunshine, which bodes well for Pacers and Polo attendees.

The third and final jewel of the Aiken Triple Crown was moved to Sunday in 2012 due to inclement weather, but it doesn’t seem like that will be the case this year. With only a 20 percent chance of showers on Saturday and partly sunny skies, the temperatures are expected to reach near 70 degrees.

The weather has been unusually cooler in the CSRA with the highs only reaching the low 60s and temperatures dropping to or below 32 degrees at night.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Whitney Rushing said that temperatures have been an average of 10 degrees lower than what’s typical in South Carolina in March.

“We had a cold front move in earlier this week, bringing in cooler temperatures, and high pressure is building into the area, keeping the skies clear,” Rushing said. “This weekend, things are going to be warming up a little bit.”

The latest date that the CSRA ever saw freezing temperatures was April 24 in 1986. Those records go back to 1874. Last year, the last freeze date was Feb. 21, Rushing said. The last couple of nights, a freeze warning has been in effect and a frost advisory was issued for this morning.

“We’ve been getting calls from people asking, ‘When is it going to warm up, and where is spring,’” Rushing said.

Luckily, for polo enthusiasts, springlike weather will inch back into the area for the weekend as warm winds from the south move in.

The gates for Pacers & Polo open at 10:30 a.m. at the Powderhouse Polo Field on Powderhouse Road.

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