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November chill moves into Oklahoma

Gary McManus, of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, said high temperatures Tuesday are likely to be 15 to 25 degrees below normal for this time of the year in many areas of Oklahoma.
by Bryan Painter Published: November 12, 2013

Autumn has at least temporarily been pushed aside by wintry temperatures in much of Oklahoma.

And with that most of Oklahoma is expected to be under a hard freeze warning from Tuesday night into Wednesday, depending on the area of the state.

“A hard freeze is generally thought of as one where the temperatures get low enough and for a long enough period to kill certain crops and sensitive plants,” said Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. “Some would define that as temperature at 28 degrees, some would say 24 degrees, etc.”

“Much of the northwestern area has already seen a hard freeze,” McManus said. “And as far as the ‘hard freeze' aspect with lows in the lower 20s, this is perhaps a bit early in the southern half of the state.”

Across the state, the record lows for this time frame are from the single digits to the low teens, so we are not into that range yet, McManus said.

A National Weather Service meteorologist from the Norman Forecast Office said a cold front had moved into the Oklahoma City metro in the evening hours Monday.

Barnes said that the central Oklahoma forecast for overnight Monday into Tuesday included sustained winds about 25 mph and stronger gusts about 35 mph. The winds were expected to continue through sunrise Tuesday.

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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