ENID, Okla. — The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning starting early Tuesday followed by a hard freeze watch Wednesday morning in northwest Oklahoma.
Although Monday’s high should reach around 75 degrees, lows in Enid will dip to around 29 degrees overnight, according to the NWS. Tuesday night’s low is forecast for 20 degrees.
Oklahoma highway officials say they're preparing for a series of weather systems that forecasters predict will bring sub-freezing temperatures and a chance of snow to the state.
The National Weather Service says a cold front expected to move southeastward across Oklahoma Monday will be followed by much colder air, strong winds and plummeting wind chills.
“After the front moves through, you will notice a dramatic change in temps and winds will become northerly at 25-35 mph with some gusts possibly reaching 45 mph,” said Mike Honigsberg, certified director of Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management. “Hopefully, you were aware of the wind situation and have already secured things around the house that could visit your neighbors during a wind event.”
Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing across northwestern Oklahoma with highs Tuesday reaching only the 30s and 40s.
Honigsberg said to remember to make sure outdoor animals have good shelter and water, and remember to disconnect the hoses from your house and cover the valves.
Forecasters say a second cold front will pass over the state later in the week with snow possible by the weekend.
“Winter has arrived,” Honigsberg said. “There is a lot of talk about what kind of precipitation we might receive this weekend. It’s still a week away, and the models are not in total agreement. Some television stations only look at one then panic the world on that one model.”
State Department of Transportation officials say they're making sure all 122 salt sheds are fully stocked and that all 550 trucks and more than 1,000 maintenance employees are ready for the wintry weather.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.