Cold Temps On The Way

Tuesday, February 6th 2007, 8:33 pm
By: News On 6

A storm system and cold front will put an end to near-record warmth across Oklahoma on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said winds already had switched to a northerly direction Tuesday afternoon in northwestern Oklahoma. The weak storm system was expected to spawn light rain or light freezing precipitation on Thursday before tapering off. Another storm could affect the state by Saturday, forecasters said.

On Tuesday, skies were clear to partly cloudy and temperatures ranged from 57 degrees in Hobart to 74 degrees in Clinton. The temperature topped out at 63 degrees in Lawton and Tulsa, while the high in Oklahoma City and Bartlesville was 64 degrees.

Skies should become mostly cloudy and remain overcast through Sunday. Highs on Wednesday will range from the 30s in the northwest to the upper 50s in far southern Oklahoma, the weather service said. Expect light rain, freezing rain or drizzle Wednesday night, with lows ranging from the teens in the Panhandle to near 40 in far southeastern Oklahoma.

There will be a slight chance of light drizzle and light freezing drizzle in central and eastern sections of the state and a chance of rain in far southeast Oklahoma on Thursday. Highs should reach the 30s and 40s in all but the Panhandle, where temperatures will approach the low 50s, the weather service said.

Highs Friday through Sunday should only reach the 30s and 40s. There will be a chance of light snow in the Panhandle and north-central Oklahoma on Saturday and a chance of snow in southeastern Oklahoma on Sunday.

Lows through the period should fall into the 20s and 30s.