Cold Temperatures And Wintry Precipitation Expected On Saturday

Friday, April 6th 2007, 8:05 pm
By: News On 6

Temperatures over the weekend will feel more like mid-winter than early spring as a blast of Canadian air maintains its grip on the region.

The National Weather Service said far western and west-central Oklahoma could see accumulating snowfall of a half-inch to 1 inch on Saturday as a storm system passes by. Temperatures should begin improving on Sunday and return to more spring-like levels by Monday.

On Friday, skies were mostly cloudy and temperatures ranged from 33 degrees in Gage and Guymon to 47 degrees in Muskogee. The mercury hit 41 degrees in Oklahoma City and 45 degrees in Tulsa, forecasters said.

Skies should be mostly cloudy in western and central Oklahoma and partly cloudy in the east, with snow likely in the Panhandle and rain and snow possible in far western sections. Highs should range from the upper 20s in the Panhandle to the lower 50s in far southeastern Oklahoma, the weather service predicts. Lows should tumble into the teens and 20s statewide.

Mostly cloudy conditions are expected Sunday and Monday in the Panhandle and a chance of rain and snow is possible in far western Oklahoma on Sunday. Highs should reach the 40s and 50s.

Temperatures should reach the 50s and 60s by Monday before falling into the 20s and 30s Monday night, the weather service said.

On Tuesday, showers and thunderstorms will return to the forecast for eastern Oklahoma. The mercury is forecast to peak in the 60s and 70s before dropping into the 40s and 50s Tuesday night.

Partly cloudy conditions are expected on Wednesday with a slight chance of precipitation in eastern Oklahoma, forecasters said. Highs again should reach the 60s and 70s and lows in the 40s and 50s are expected.