The cold before the warm

Saturday, December 20th 2008, 8:59 am
By: News 9

By News 9 Meteorologist Nick Bender

Arctic air, which arrived in the state Saturday morning, will be stubborn to move out of Oklahoma. Temperatures Sunday and Monday will start off in the single numbers and teens with afternoon highs in the 20s and 30s. Wind chill values during the morning hours will be bitterly cold, ranging from 10 degrees below zero, to 10 degrees above zero.

A fairly progressive weather pattern will send several storm systems streaming across the northern tier of the country, which will certainly have impacts on airline travels during the holiday week. Oklahoma will be spared from the wrath of snow and ice set to strike the Northern Plains and Northeast, though a weak cold front Tuesday could bring a few rain/snow showers to the state Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Christmas Eve: Cool, light winds, High: 45 degrees.

Christmas Day: Windy and warm, High: 58.