After a week of warmer temperatures, Texoma thermostats are likely to get another workout starting Thursday.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a temperature drop from a high near 47 around 8 a.m. on Thursday to a low of about 38 later that day.
“We’re going to have a relatively strong cold front on Thursday,” meteorologist Patricia Sanchez, from the Fort Worth office of the NWS, said Tuesday. “But then overnight on Thursday into Friday, the temperature’s going to get below freezing again. For you guys, probably in the mid 20s.”
Before the cold temperatures arrive in Texoma, area residents will have a chance to leave their jackets at home on Wednesday.
“Tomorrow looks like it’s going to be warm and we do have some potential for fire danger just because it’s going to be dry,” Sanchez said. “It’s going to be breezy. Temperatures are probably going to reach, for you guys, in the upper 60s.”
She said it’s possible the area could also see a repeat of the fog that blanketed the area Tuesday morning.
“The fog (was caused by) low winds, very high humidity and we have a lot of moisture,” Sanchez said. “And it pretty much came from the east to the west. It was slowly moving during the overnight hours into our area. Not much wind and a lot of moisture that pretty much condensed and it created that layer.”
Wednesday morning is expected to be very humid, with not much wind, Sanchez explained, so the fog could return to the same areas that saw it on Tuesday.
The meteorologist said there’s also a slight chance of precipitation on Thursday — likely just a 10-20 percent chance — but the area probably won’t see any snow.
“Right now, it’s very unlikely, but it’s not impossible (there could be snow flurries) on Thursday,” Sanchez said.
The cold weather will stick around through the weekend, as after an expected high of near 44 degrees on Friday, the temperature won’t rise back into the 40s until Monday.
“The high temperature on Saturday, it might just get to the upper 30s and then Sunday looks the same,” Sanchez said. “So it looks like it’s going to be a few days of below what we would call ‘normal’ — in the 50s during the day.”
The low temperature for Friday night will be around 26 degrees with 10-15 mph winds after midnight. Those winds are expected to remain through the day on Saturday with gusts as high as 20 mph. Saturday night is expected to be mostly clear with a low around 22 degrees. Sunday is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 38 and then the low that evening will be 27 degrees.
In addition to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, Monday will also bring a 20 percent chance of rain and partly sunny skies with a high temperature near 43.