Cold front to send temperatures plunging

A strong cold front will send temperatures plunging Thursday night. (National Weather Service graphic)

The weather will take a dramatic turn Thursday, as a strong cold front pushes through Oklahoma, bringing a strong north-northwest wind and plunging temperatures.

The high temperature for Enid Thursday is expected to be 72, according to National Weather Service, but that will happen at 10 a.m. Then, the temperature will start to fall, reaching around 50 for the rest of the day.

Added to the falling temperatures will be a switch in the wind, from a southerly direction in the morning to north-northwest in the afternoon. The wind should be 17-20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

There also is a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., according to NWS, then skies will become partly sunny.

Skies will remain partly cloudy tonight, with a 30% chance of more showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m., according to NWS.

The big change will be in the temperature, with the low in Enid falling to around 38, according to NWS. A north-northwest wind of 18-21 mph with gusts to 29 mph will make it feel colder.

The Panhandle and parts of Northwest Oklahoma, including Woods and Woodward counties, are in a freeze watch from late Thursday night through Friday morning, according to NWS. Lows could drop to 19 in the Panhandle.

"Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing," according to NWS.

The cold weather will continue Friday, with a high of 53 expected for Enid under a mostly sunny sky, according to NWS. The wind will continue to be strong, from the north-northwest at 15-18 mph with gusts to 25 mph.

Friday night will be mostly clear, according to NWS, with a low around 34. The wind will continue from the north-northwest, but will diminish to 5-7 mph.

The cold temperatures Thursday night and Friday night could reach close to record levels. The record low for Oct. 10 is 32 set, in 1925, while the record low for Oct. 11 is 34, set in 1932.

Temperatures are expected to increase through the weekend, with highs reaching 66 on Saturday, 73 on Sunday and 79 on Monday, according to NWS. Low temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s.

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