Cold weather returns to Oklahoma

Wild temperature swings, storms, freezing weather in late April — this must be Oklahoma.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 23, 2013
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The shuffling of weather continues with wintry temperatures returning to Oklahoma more than a month into spring.

The state had high temperatures ranging from about 70 degrees in far northeast Oklahoma to near 90 at Hollis in the southwest on Monday. However, a cold front came through soon after and temperatures plummeted.

As of 10:35 a.m. Tuesday, at least 15 Oklahoma Mesonet stations had recorded low temperatures of 32 degrees or below since midnight.

Those were in western and northwestern Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle. The lowest of the morning lows was 25.2 degrees at 8 a.m. at Boise City in the Panhandle.

“We had a few reports of some very light icing up near Fort Supply, just like a glaze on some elevated surfaces about 9 a.m.,” said Michael Scotten with the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office. “I think there have been a few snowflakes here and there, but we haven't had anything significant as far as accumulation.”

Conyetta Lehenbauer, emergency manager for Harper County in northwest Oklahoma, said Tuesday morning, “Porches, trees and vehicles had ice on them.”

The Oklahoma Panhandle is included in the coverage area of the National Weather Service, Amarillo (Texas) Forecast Office. The Amarillo office had received a report from Slapout in Beaver County of a light glaze of ice before 6 a.m. Tuesday.