ENID, Okla. — The National Weather Service has issued a high wind and fire warnings for northwest Oklahoma from noon until 9 p.m. today, Tuesday Nov. 26, 2019.
The windy conditions are coming ahead of a cold front that is expected to bring rain to the Enid area and possibly snow and freezing rain in western Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service.
High temperatures today are expected to top out in the low-60s today, according to NWS, with winds picking up toward afternoon.
Southwest winds at 30-40 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, are expected, according to the warning. The impacted area includes portions of northern, northwest, southwest and western Oklahoma and northern Texas.
"Damaging winds may blow down trees and power lines. Power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles," according to the warning.
The NWS suggests people should avoid being around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if one must drive.
A red flag fire warning also was issued for Garfield, Grant, Kingfisher, Kay and Noble counties for critical fire weather conditions expected Tuesday afternoon.
A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will contribute to extreme fire behavior.
The warning is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for breezy winds and low relative humidity for north central Oklahoma. Temperatures in the 60s and a relative humidity as low as 20 percent are forecast.
"If fires start, they will spread rapidly and will be difficult to contain," according to the warning. "Ongoing fires may grow larger."
According to NWS forecasts, chances for precipitation in northwestern and western Oklahoma are high Wednesday night, between 60 and 100 percent.
Rain is expected to being after midnight Wednesday in the Enid area and extend through Friday night, according to the NWS Enid forecast. Woodward's forecast in northwest Oklahoma, includes snow and possible freezing rain early on Thursday, changing to rain by afternoon. Chances of rain are more than 80 percent through Thursday, falling to 50 percent for Enid Thursday night and rising again to 90 percent on Friday, with thunderstorms possible, before decreasing once more to 40 percent, according to NWS. Highs in the Enid area are expected in the mid-40s Wednesday, low-40s Thursday and low-60s on Friday. Lows for Enid are forecast at 33 Wednesday, 38 Thursday and 44 on Friday.
Enid Lights Up the Plains will be held unless the weather becomes to bad, according to Charlet Ringwald with Main Street Enid. Live music with The Bill Collectors begins at 5 p.m. on the downtown Square, and Dance Works and a special sneak preview of Gaslight Theatre's "Scrooge" is planned throughout the evening. The parade starts at 6 and fireworks around 7:15. Santa Claus will set up for pictures on the east side of the courthouse lawn.
Ringwald said to watch for updates on the Main Street Facebook Page. Enid News & Eagle also will text any downtown cancellations. Sign up for news alerts at https://EnidNews.com/TextAlerts.