Sunny skies expected in Oklahoma

By Aaron Crespo Modified: January 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm •  Published: January 30, 2010

Some sunny skies are expected Saturday afternoon, but temperatures won’t reach above freezing for much of the state.

“Hopefully we can get some sun in this afternoon, at least help with some melting,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Ty Judd. “We won’t get above freezing for most of central Oklahoma, maybe some better chances in southwest Oklahoma.”

Central Oklahoma is predicted to have a high near 29 today with a northwest wind between eight and eleven miles per hour. Sunday highs are expected to be in the mid 30s with slight winds of four to seven miles per hour.

The service said northern Oklahoma is expected to be colder, with highs in the high 20s Saturday with the temperature dipping to 11 degrees Saturday night.

“Those that don’t have power, that will definitely be an issue,” Judd said. South and southwest Oklahoma is expected to be warmer with highs in the 30s Saturday and low 40s on Sunday, the service said.

A larger part of the state is expected to get above freezing on Sunday, with central, north, and northwest Oklahoma expected to be in the mid to high 30s, the service said. Sunday night temperatures in the area are expected to be in the mid 20s to lower 30s.

Sunday highs are expected to reach the 40s in south and southwest Oklahoma, with temperatures dipping to the high 20s Sunday night.

TRAVEL

Street crews have been working to clear roads, but many spots remain slick, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said. Travel is discouraged at this time, but if emergency travel is unavoidable, the department asks motorists to use caution on entrance and exit ramps and to stay at least 200 feet behind road crews.

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 near the Caddo and Canadian county lines were closed for seven hours Saturday morning after an accident involving a tractor trailer. Ongoing coverage

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