What a difference a day can make. Notice the max/min temperature map for today, courtesy of the OK Mesonet. Then notice the 24 hour temperature change map, also courtesy of the OK Mesonet. Although today was actually on the warm side, at least in comparison to normal, it was 20 degrees or cooler than yesterday at many locations. In fact, the third map shows the max/min temperatures across the state for Monday and the 20 degrees or so of cooling that has occurred.
Along with the cooler conditions came more cloud cover and even some showers mainly along the OK/KS state line. Rainfall totals were on the light side though with most locations receiving less than 0.10” which is barely enough to settle the dust.
At least the cooler conditions are not anything like what we experienced the first two weeks of the month and we do not currently anticipate a return to those extreme conditions anytime soon. However, the cooler air in place together with another storm center aloft could make things a little more interesting for Wednesday night and into the day Thursday before ending later Thursday.
Colder air aloft associated with the storm center will bring clouds back our way after some clearing overnight tonight. Mostly cloudy to overcast skies will be the general rule by later Wednesday through the day Thursday and into the day Friday. There will also be some precipitation associated with the system, primarily along and south of I-40 and in particular down along the Red River area.
That will be moving our way late Wednesday through the overnight hours and ending Thursday morning. By Thursday morning surface temperatures will be near the freezing mark for locations N of I-40 and it will certainly be cold enough aloft for some wintry weather. Amounts still look to be very light, but there is the potential for snow, possibly enough for a dusting on grassy surfaces although given the temperatures, roads should just be wet.
Again, this does not appear to be a high impact event unless you have travel plans into the more western or SW counties of our state where accumulating snows appear more likely.
After that system moves on by, things should settle down for the coming weekend and into the following week. In fact, as you can see on our forecast page, temperatures will be running at or above normal throughout this forecast period. By the way, normal at this time of year translates into a diurnal range of 48/27 but slowly climbing by the end of the month.
So, stay tuned and check back for updates.