What goes up must come down

Saturday, April 4th 2009, 9:25 am
By: News 9

By News 9 Meteorologist Nick Bender

Needless to say the weather has been taking us on a roller coaster ride for quite some time; don't look for that to change any time soon.

What goes up...

Temperatures this afternoon will reach well into the 70s, and even into the lower 80s across southwest and perhaps south central Oklahoma. Our friend the wind will crank up to 20-30 mph with higher gusts for much of the afternoon, elevating the risk for wildfires across the western half the state. Isolated showers and thunderstorms will be possible along and east of I-35 this evening, as drier air surges eastward ahead of tonight's cold front.

Must come down...

A cold front will charge into the state tonight, changing the warm south winds into chilly, gusty north winds. Sunday high temperatures will only reach the 40s and 50s, though feeling cooler with northwest winds averaging 20-30 mph throughout the day. The cold will really take hold Monday and Tuesday morning, as freezing temperatures are expected across central and eastern Oklahoma. Precautions will be necessary to protect outdoor vegetation.

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