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.
Ice and winds affected transmission lines in Beaver County, causing lines to gallop, sway and slap together, according to Tri-County Electric Cooperative. These conditions also damaged parts of the distribution system including breakers, poles, cross arms and insulators. About 1,000 meters in Beaver County as of 3 p.m. were affected by the power outage.
Northwestern Electric Cooperative was reporting about 2,000 outages Tuesday evening because of the ice on lines combined with the winds. Those were in areas including Beaver, Ellis, Harper and Woodward counties.
At or below freezing temperatures are expected for areas including much of the western half of the state and into the Panhandle into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The low temperature for Oklahoma City is expected to be around freezing Wednesday morning. On May 3, 1954, the temperature in Oklahoma City fell to 32 degrees. That is the latest spring freeze recorded in the city.