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December 18, 2012

Gusting winds, rain or snow possible overnight

ENID, Okla. — Two storm systems approaching Northwest Oklahoma could bring gusting winds and the possibility of rain or snow overnight.

Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg said the impact of the either of the two systems could be felt as early as tonight.

“There are two systems that are being watched at this time. One is in the central plains, to our north, and it will move east bringing a weak front through the area today,” he said. “The storm system in the Pacific Northwest will begin moving through the inter-mountain region and will cause a low pressure system to form in the Texas/Oklahoma Panhandle.”

He said the second system would cause a “very strong wind gradient.”

“This means the winds will almost be out of control,” Honigsberg said. “This gradient should form later tonight into Wednesday morning.”

He said major impacts from the front would be blowing dust, especially in Southwest Oklahoma, and the possibility of rain and/or snow in the Enid area Wednesday evening and overnight.

“Don’t get your hopes up on either simply because we are extremely dry right now,” Honigsberg said. “If either does occur, there may or may not be any measurable precipitation. It’s hard to say right now.”

Winds of 40 to 50 mph are possible and Wednesday night’s low will be in the mid 20s.

“This stated, if we see rain, it could become freezing rain and we know what this means, slick roads Thursday morning,” Honigsberg said. “If this falls as light and blowing snow, the roads should be OK. There may be a mix so just stay aware and drive accordingly Wednesday night and Thursday morning.”

And will we have a white Christmas?

“There are indications from one model that is used in forecasting, that there might be a big change coming,” Honigsberg said. “Several models have to be in agreement before forecasts can become relevant. I would not get your hopes up, right now, for a white Christmas, but we are watching this very closely. Seven days out is too far to come to any conclusions, especially when other key models are in disagreement.”

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