Texoma could see its first freeze of the fall season by the time residents wake up Saturday morning.
The National Weather Service has put the region under a freeze watch that will last from late Friday night through Saturday morning as the forecast low for the night is 31 degrees. Meteorologist Jason Dunn, from the service’s Fort Worth field office, said “a fairly strong cold front” was expected to arrive in the region Thursday night and provide cool temperatures Friday and Saturday.
“We actually will probably see some freezing temperatures early Saturday morning up in your area,” Dunn said. “With that there will probably be some frost. You’ve got a forecast low of 31 up in that area, which is just below freezing.”
The freeze watch issued by the NWS states the sub-freezing temperatures “could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation that remain outdoors.” It also recommends people make sure they have shelter for outdoor animals and protect sensitive outdoor plants susceptible to freezing temperatures. The patchy frost the area is expected to see will clear up by mid-morning, as the high for the day is 49 degrees.
“We’ll get a little bit of a warm-up on Sunday and then we’ll have more cold air come down on Monday,” Dunn said. “It’s just that time of year when we see cold fronts and there’s a pretty strong cold front.”
The forecast for Veteran’s Day is mostly cloudy with a high near 51 degrees and southeast winds. Sunday night will bring a 30 percent chance of showers and low around 39 degrees. Dunn said there’s a chance of rain throughout the weekend, but the region is most likely to see showers on Monday and Monday night. The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain with a high near 46.
“Monday night into Tuesday morning, we’re looking at (a low of) right around 31 and then Wednesday morning right around 32,” Dunn said, adding it was unlikely any of that precipitation would turn into snow with the sub-freezing temperatures. “Right now, it looks like it’s going to be primarily rain and then — as is often the case here — we start to dry out a little bit before it gets too cold. Obviously, it’s something that we’re going to have to watch this time of year, but right now it looks like the forecast for your area is all rain.”
Tuesday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high in the mid-40s, while Wednesday is also expected to be sunny with a high in the mid-50s.