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A funnel cloud is seen, Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, near Tipton, Okla. Officials say an agriculture office was destroyed and other buildings damaged as tornadoes touched down in southwestern Oklahoma Monday. Tornadoes are most prevalent in Oklahoma in the spring, but the state has a secondary severe weather season in autumn. (AP Photo/The Frederick Leader, Jennifer Grice)

The weekend looks as if it could bring severe weather, according to the Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management director.

Mike Honigsberg issued a statement that a chance of thunderstorms is expected later Saturday, Sunday and possibly into Monday.

“Since our overall pattern seems to be about a month ahead of where we should be, we will just have to deal with it,” Honigsberg said.

A cold front is expected to move through the area on Saturday. Thunderstorms could develop along the front, Honigsberg said. He added that he doesn’t believe there is “a major tornado threat,” but does caution residents to stay alert because conditions can change quickly.

If the emergency operations center springs into action during the weekend, those who follow the events on Facebook will want to bring up the Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management page instead of Honigsberg’s personal page. In the past, he has posted updates on both pages during emergency operations. That is changing. Honigsberg will now post on his personal page that the center is being activated. After that, all information and updates will only be posted to the Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management page, Honigsberg said.

Honigsberg also noted that dry conditions and high winds create fire danger.

“As most everyone has seen, the wheat is ripening pretty fast and harvest is currently ongoing in some areas,” Honigsberg said. “Please be careful using anything flammable out there - as what we saw yesterday with the wheat field fire near Waukomis, it only takes a spark to get it going. As far as I am concerned, we are in an extreme fire danger area due to dry conditions and very high winds.”

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