ENID, Okla. — Gusty wind and low temperatures are expected to send the wind chills below freezing by midnight to bottom out Friday morning in the mid-20s, according to the National Weather Service.
Those working overnight shifts and workers and schoolchildren are advised to take precautions, as temperatures dip to near or below freezing across Northwest Oklahoma. However, factoring in the wind the air temperatures will feel like they are much colder, a NWS spokesman said Thursday morning.
Temperatures into Friday morning are expected to be in the mid-30s in the Enid area, and combined with a northwest wind at 16-23 mph and gusts as high as 32 mph, will push wind chills to the low- to mid-20s, the NWS forecast states. Freezing temperatures are expected in the far northwestern part of the state, according to NWS meteorologists.
A large part of Oklahoma, including Garfield, Grant, Alfalfa, Major, Blaine and Kingfisher counties, is in a freeze watch until 10 a.m. Friday. Lows could drop to 30 degrees.
"Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing," according to NWS.
Extreme Northwest Oklahoma, including Woods and Woodward counties, is in a freeze warning, according to NWS, until 10 a.m. Friday. Lows could drop to 28.
The Oklahoma Panhandle is in a hard freeze warning until 10 a.m. Friday. Lows could range from 22 to 28, according to NWS.
"We could very easily be at or close to freezing by Saturday morning. If you haven’t disconnected hoses and have taken steps to take care of tender plants and especially your outdoor animals, I would highly advise you to do so when you get home today," Mike Honigsberg, emergency management director for Enid and Garfield County, said Thursday.
Friday's high will be near 53, with sunny skies and northwest wind at 16-23 mph and gusts as high as 32, causing the air temperatures to feel colder, according to NWS. Friday night's low is expected to fall to around 32, with the wind decreasing to 5-11 mph and shifting to the southwest after midnight.
The cold temperatures Thursday night and Friday night could reach close to record levels. The record low for Oct. 10 is 32, set in 1925, while the record low for Oct. 11 is 34, set in 1932.
Saturday highs will be in the mid- to upper-60s, with a southwest wind, according to the NWS. Temperatures are expected to continue to increase, with highs reaching 71 on Sunday and 80 on Monday, according to NWS. Low temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s.
The cold front was entered Garfield County Thursday morning around 8:30, and temperatures ranged from 55 near Lahoma to 71 near Breckinridge, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather-recording system.
Thursday's high temperature topped out at 72 at sunrise, around 7:30 a.m., according to Mesonet's readings.