Ferocious Winds To Calm, Temperatures To Remain Mild Next Few Days


Saturday, February 24th 2007, 7:54 pm
By: News On 6


Calmer weather will return to Oklahoma on Sunday as a powerful late-winter storm blows eastward.

The National Weather Service said an intense low pressure system that kicked up ferocious winds will finally move eastward, resulting in more settled conditions. Winds, gusting to 60 mph in some areas, overturned a couple of mobile homes in eastern Oklahoma, downed power lines and exacerbated wildfires sparked by the power lines, authorities said.

Three minor injuries were reported in Spiro as the winds, trailing behind a spring-like dryline, swept across the area. Besides severe thunderstorms on the front side of the storm, light snow fell in the colder air in northwestern Oklahoma, the weather Service reported.

Temperatures in the 60s and 70s were replaced by readings at least 10 to 15 degrees cooler on Saturday. Regional daytime highs ranged from 53 degrees in Gage and Childress, Texas, to 67 degrees in Bartlesville and 76 degrees in Paris, Texas.

The high in Oklahoma City was 64 degrees and the temperature topped out at 65 degrees in Tulsa, McAlester and Muskogee, forecasters said.

Skies will be a mixture of some sun and clouds Sunday through Tuesday, with temperatures reaching the 50s on Sunday before falling into the 20s and 30s Sunday night, forecasters said.

Daytime highs of 50s and 60s and nighttime lows in the 20s and 30s are forecast for Monday and Tuesday.

By Wednesday, another storm system will approach Oklahoma, bringing another chance of thunderstorms with it. Temperatures should warm into the 60s and 70s before falling into the the 30s and 40s Wednesday night.

A chance of showers and thunderstorms will continue on Thursday, mainly for eastern sections, the weather service said.

Highs should range from the middle 40s in the Oklahoma Panhandle to the low 70s in the south. Lows should range from the 20s in the Panhandle to the lower 50s in southeastern Oklahoma, the weather service said.