Blast of Bitter Cold....UPDATED

 UPDATE: Wed 6 Jan / 3:30p.m.

A brief period of light freezing drizzle or light snow will end by morning. Extremely low wind chills (by Texoma standards) of zero to 10 below along with air temperatures in the 20s all day Thursday will make for a rough day if you must be outdoors. Be careful...no changes to previous forecast

 

UPDATE: Tue 5 Jan 2009 / 3:15p.m.

The only changes were to nudge the lows for Friday and Saturday mornings DOWN a bit more. This is based on the expected position of the surface high, the diminishing wind field, and bone dry dewpoints. We're looking at 7-13 Friday morning and 4 to 11 Saturday morning!!! Scroll down to the bottom of this blog for a list of current record lows around Texoma.

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A severe cold wave, the likes of which we haven’t seen in more than a decade, will slam Texoma beginning
Wednesday night and extending well into the weekend.
 
We could easily see the coldest Texoma temperatures so far in the 21st Century. The last big cold wave with
numbers approaching what I expect later this week was in February 1996.
 
Some temperatures could touch
the daily record minimums (coldest for a particular day) by Saturday, when winds are expected to be light
and skies mostly clear, but Friday (the 8th) will also be a time when near-record cold is possible
(article continues below map).
 
 
 
A change in expected sky condition or wind would probably prevent records from being set, but the bottom line is
extreme cold with sub-freezing highs and bitterly cold lows (by Texoma standards) from late Wednesday
through Saturday.
 
It is especially important with a cold wave of this magnitude that you check your vehicle
as well as your pets, pipes and plants. A table of current record lows is listed below.
Records are not available for all cities.
 
Stay warm!
 
Steve LaNore
Chief Meteorologist
KXII-TV
 
Record Lows by City
City Jan 7 Jan 8 Jan 9
Ada 1 (1912) -3 (1988) -6 (1944)
Ardmore 3 (1912) -4 (1913) 6 (1973)
Antlers 4 (1970) 5 (1940) 1 (1944)
Atoka 4 (1968) -7 (1944) 4 (1970)
Durant 3 (1912) 1 (1912) 3 (1988)
Hugo 8 (1968) 2 (1942) 8 (1944)
Madill 6 (1968) 4 (1940) 5 (1944)
Sherman 5 (1912) 7 (1976) 7 (1944)
Sulphur 4 (1968) -3 (1940) -10 (1944)
Tishomingo 0 (1912) 0 (1940) 1 (1944)
 
 

 

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