Freezing Monday Morning in Oklahoma; Cold Moves East

Monday, April 14th 2008, 10:29 am
By: News 9

By NEWS 9 Meteorologist Carrie Rose

Many places in Oklahoma on Monday morning experienced a late freeze.  Clear skies and light winds let the cooler air that moved into the state over the weekend drop into the low 30's and 20's.   

Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City dropped to 31 degrees, but only hovered there for a short time.  Temperatures were in the low to mid 30s from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. this morning, before quickly rising back into the 40s.  According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, these were the coldest locations this morning:

1.  Oilton      24

2.  Cookson  25

3.  Jay           25

4.  Nowata    25

5.  Tahlequah 25

6.  Pryor         26

7.  Buffalo      26

8.  Seiling      26

9.  Vinita       26

10. Miami      26

11. Mangum 26

12. Hooker   26

13. Westville 26

14. El Reno   26

15. Wister    27

Another widespread freeze is not anticipated in the near future for the western two-thirds of the state.  Parts of far southeastern Oklahoma, though, may have freezing temperatures again Tuesday morning.  A Freeze Warning is in effect for the following counties: Adair, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, Pushmataha, and Sequoyah.

The freezing threat moves eastward Monday night, putting much of the South at risk for a late freeze.  Crops are at risk as the growing season is already underway for peaches, apples, cherries, grapes, blueberries, tomatoes, and peppers.  Scattered snow flurries are also possible through the South, a rare Spring occurrence for this region of the country.