Arctic air and winter woes


Sunday, December 14th 2008, 8:43 am
By: News 9


By News 9 Meteorologist Nick Bender

Get ready to get cold; Arctic air surging south across the Plains will arrive in northwest Oklahoma early Sunday morning. The surface cold front will bring winter's chill to Oklahoma city by 12 P.M., and envelop the entire state by day's end.

Temperatures will fall 20 to 30 degrees in a matter of hours behind the cold front with increasing northerly winds averaging 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts. Drizzle or freezing drizzle may begin to develop as early as Sunday evening across northern Oklahoma, and may impact Monday morning's commute in Oklahoma City. Monday morning low temperatures will range from single numbers in Woodward and Seiling, to teens and twenties from Altus, to Oklahoma City, to Miami and points south and east. Wind chill values of 5 to 10 degrees below zero will be felt for a time across northern portions of the state Monday morning with teens elsewhere.

Periods of freezing drizzle and freezing rain will plague the workweek, especially Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Some ice accumulations will be possible, with impacts ranging from slick roads to power outages.

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