Eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas are set to experience a little winter weather whiplash over the next 24 hours.
High temperatures today are expected to be a good 15 degrees above normal, while on Friday, temperatures will be closer 15 degrees below normal.
Temperatures today will top out in the 60s with even some 70-degree readings possible in advance of a cold front that will push into far northeast Oklahoma late this afternoon. The front will move to near the red river by midnight.
Temperatures will be noticeably colder on Friday with high temperatures generally in the 30s and 40s. However, some spots across northeast Oklahoma may not hit 30 degrees.
The shallow cold airmass in place across the region will set the stage for the potential for some wintry weather across northern portions of the forecast beginning late Thursday night and continuing into Friday as weak mid-level shortwave sweeps across the central plains.
At this time, the forecast temperature profiles support light freezing rain and sleet across portions of northeast Oklahoma and far northwest Arkansas. There is the potential for light ice accumulations especially across far northeast oklahoma and the colder valley locations of far northwest Arkansas.
We will not issue any winter weather headlines at this time. However, it is looking more likely that headlines will be needed. Light rain will be possible across southeast Oklahoma and much of northwest Arkansas in association with this feature. All precipitation is expected to end by Friday evening.
The cold weather will continue right into next week with a reinforcing shot of cold air on Sunday. The potential for wintry weather continues for Monday night into Tuesday with a southwesterly flow aloft developing atop the shallow cold airmass.