Beautiful Weekend Leads Into Arctic Front Early Next Week

Friday, January 28th 2011, 12:02 pm
By: News 9

Stephanie Malone, News 9 Weather Team

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The afternoon will be gorgeous today with sunny skies and highs getting up into the lower 70s. Winds will be gusty from the southwest at 10-20 mph with higher gusts. With Oklahoma being under a severe drought this puts today at a high risk for grassfires.

The first half of the weekend will also be lovely with mostly sunny skies and afternoon highs in the upper 60s. Winds will be from the south at 10-20 mph for another high fire risk day.

An arctic front comes through Sunday making the second half of the weekend much colder than the first. Afternoon highs Sunday will only reach the lower 40s with cloudy skies and brisk northeasterly winds.

Winter weather is possible for the beginning of the next work week. Highs Monday won't make it out of the 30s with strong northeast winds. Any precipitation Monday will be light with a chance for some light drizzle turning over to light freezing drizzle late Monday. It is possible roads could begin to become slick late Monday.

Tuesday, there is a good chance for a winter mix changing over to accumulating snow. Wind chills will be brutal Tuesday with temperatures starting in the teens and only making it to the upper 20s with north winds at 20-30 mph.

The snow will clear out late Tuesday bringing mostly sunny skies for Wednesday and Thursday.

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