Ardmore residents will exchange their short-sleeved shirts for winter coats and gloves today after a strong cold front that moved into the state last night brings much colder temperatures into the area.


Ardmore residents will exchange their short-sleeved shirts for winter coats and gloves today after a strong cold front that moved into the state last night brings much colder temperatures into the area.

 

In contrast to Wednesday when the high reached 81 degrees, today is expected to be windy and cold with a high of only 44 degrees in Ardmore.  Strong north winds will make it feel even colder. Any clouds and rain still left this morning are expected to move out during the day leaving clear skies and lows in the upper 20s tonight.

 

Temperatures will rebound during the weekend with highs near 60 degrees both Saturday and Sunday.
In other parts of the nation, a powerful storm that pummeled much of the West is promising to bring its chaotic mix of snow, sleet and ice to much of the Dakotas today.

 

The system closed roads and delayed flights from Anchorage to Salt Lake City on some of the busiest travel days of the year.

 

Meteorologists warned residents in the Dakotas to expect a range of messy wintery weather, from freezing drizzle in the eastern two-thirds of South Dakota to a possible blizzard in eastern North Dakota.
“Like the Boy Scouts, you’ve got to be prepared for a North Dakota winter or you’re asking for your own problems,” said Gerald Miller, 52, who plowed roads on his farm just east of Bismarck on Wednesday.
Miller has spent every winter of his life in North Dakota except for one in 2003 when he served in Iraq with the National Guard. “After Iraq, I promised I’d never complain about the weather in North Dakota again,” he said.

 

Blowing snow was likely to cause problems for holiday travelers even in areas not expected to get significant amounts.

 

“We have snow on the ground in many areas, and any snow on top of that will combine for the potential to blow around, reduce visibility and drift, and cause problems for people trying to drive,” meteorologist Jeff Savadel said.