The final day of 2018 is going out on an active note here in Green Country!

After a very soggy start to our New Year’s Eve, rain will gradually diminish during the first half of the day. By the afternoon we expect to see some sunshine return, with more pleasant conditions and highs back in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

If you do are planning to head out tonight to ring in the new year, make sure you take the big coat and extra layers with you! A strong cold front will surge into eastern Oklahoma tonight, bringing quickly falling temperatures before midnight.

We’ll have temperatures below freezing, wind chills well down into the 20s, and gusty north winds at midnight to ring in 2019, so bundle up!

The first day of 2019 will be a frigid one! Wind chill values will hold in the teens for much of the day on New Year’s Day Tuesday, and high temperatures will struggle to get above freezing New Year’s afternoon under mostly cloudy skies.

The cold air will hold firm into the middle of the week, with temperatures again struggling to climb above freezing on Wednesday. The daylight hours of Wednesday look to be mainly dry, but by Wednesday night the chance for precipitation increases – some of which could be wintry precipitation.

A mix of light rain, light freezing rain, or light sleet appears possible late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, particularly across southeastern Oklahoma. It’s still too early to nail down specific amounts, but a few impacts to roads may be possible.

A second wave of precipitation on Thursday may also produce some light snow across portions of eastern Oklahoma. Once again, it’s still too early for us to know any specific snowfall amounts, so continue to check back this week for updates.

Have a great New Year’s Eve, Green Country! Be sure to follow me on Twitter @StephenNehrenz as well as my Facebook page Meteorologist Stephen Nehrenz to stay up to date with the very latest!