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Blustery weather brings unseasonably cold, rainy day to central Oklahoma

Wintry weather has returned to central Oklahoma. Temperatures have dropped to the low 40s with gusty north winds up to 40 mph Thursday.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 2, 2013 at 5:00 am •  Published: May 2, 2013

A more than 40 degree drop in temperature in a 12-hour period in central Oklahoma has brought rainy, cold and windy weather from the northwest.

The temperature dropped from the low 80s Wednesday afternoon to 41 degrees early Thursday in Oklahoma City. A wind advisory is in effect Thursday with gusts up to 40 mph possible, the National Weather Service reports.

Parts of northwest Oklahoma have had snow flurries, but little accumulation has been reported. Light snow was reported in Guymon at 4 a.m. From 1 to 3 inches of snowfall is possible in the Oklahoma Panhandle before noon Thursday. The Panhandle and parts of northeast Oklahoma are under freeze warnings through Friday morning.

Temperatures are not expected to warm up to fit the calendar until Monday.

The Oklahoma City forecast is as follows:

Thursday: A chance of rain after 7 a.m. High near 42. Windy with a north wind 23 to 29 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Thursday night: A 20 percent chance of rain before 10 p.m. Cloudy during the early evening then gradual clearing with a low around 33. Windy with a north wind 20 to 25 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph.

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