Nowata Breaks Oklahoma's All-Time Low With -31 Degrees

Thursday, February 10th 2011, 9:30 am
By: News 9

Staff and Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY --The National Weather Service stated the city of Nowata set an all-time record low in Oklahoma with a temperature of minus-31 degrees Thursday morning.

Thursday morning's arctic temperatures broke the long standing record of coldest low temperature for the state of minus-27 degrees. This low was previously set in 1930 near the town of Watts and before that, set in 1905 set near the town of Vinita. Both of these locations are in the far northeast part of the state.

The National Weather Service also reported temperature were at 28 below zero in Bartlesville around 7 a.m., 19 below in Ponca City and 18 below at Enid. Stillwater reported minus-12 degrees.

The temperature in Tulsa had fallen to 11 below while Lawton was at minus-1 and Oklahoma City at 5 below.

National Weather Service meteorologist David Jankowski in Tulsa said the frigid temperatures are the result of an arctic air mass that followed the winter storm that dumped up to 25 inches of snow in northeast Oklahoma.

The forecast for Thursday calls for sunshine and temperatures in the mid-20s to mid-30s.

Highs at the beginning of next week will climb well into the 60s.