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December 6, 2012

Weekend cold front bringing winter weather

Woodward, Okla. — Winter is on its way as a heavy cold front is expected to move in to Northwest Oklahoma this weekend and disrupt the unseasonably warm temperatures the region has been experiencing.

Woodward Emergency Manager Matt Lehenbauer said, "We're seeing a pattern change in the weather allowing more arctic air to come in over next few weeks, so we'll see more normal temps for the season. We've been 15 to 20 degrees above normal, after the front we'll be running close to or a little below normal for the next one to 2 weeks."

Area residents may want to get out their winter coats as highs in the 60s and 70s will soon be a memory.

 "We're expecting a significant temperature drop for next week coming in Saturday night into Sunday morning. Averages early in the week are expected to be in the low 40s then mid to upper 40s closer to the end of week," Lehenbauer said.

Unfortunately the change in temperature does not necessarily entail a change in precipitation forecasts.

"As far as precipitation, its still up in the air as to what kind we'll get, computer models have been changing every day, but as of today the chances of the accumulation of snow or much rain is light. There's a chance we could get some flurries and light rain, but right now general thinking is if we get any at all it'll be light," Lehenbauer said in an interview with The News on Thursday morning.

Lehenbauer explained, "There's a dry pocket of air moving in with the cold front so there's just not a lot of atmospheric moisture to work with. Forecasters will have a better look later in the week so that's something to keep updated on but that's the way its looking right now."

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