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April 13, 2014

Below-freezing temps forecast

ENID, Okla. — A “hard freeze” expected early Tuesday morning could damage recently planted gardens, said Mike Honigsberg, certified director of Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management.

The freeze warning has been issued from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday and minimum temperatures will be between 25 and 32 degrees, Honigsberg said.

“Anything anybody planted new could be affected. Some crops could even be affected,” he said. “Of course, people who are planting their gardens, they need to cover (plants) up.”

Honigsberg said it will be an abrupt temperature change from recent warmer temperatures.

“It’s not uncommon for this to happen at this time of the year,” he said. “I think there’s a little old saying out there somewhere about planting: ‘Wait until after (April) 15th before you plant.’ It’s usually safer. And sure enough, that’s about what it’s looking like right here.”

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory around 12:30 p.m. Sunday that is set to expire around noon today, Honigsberg said.

“We’ve had some pretty good gusts out here today,” he said on Sunday afternoon. “East/west travel may be a little tough.”

He said high-profile vehicles, including travel trailers, should use caution when traveling during the wind advisory.

Severe drought conditions are continuing in Garfield County and surrounding counties, according to a report from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

A national drought summary released on April 10 by Brian Fuchs, of the National Drought Mitigation Center, stated that the region was mostly dry, but temperatures were at or below normal.

Drought conditions intensified for the Oklahoma Panhandle and southwest Oklahoma.

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