Winter is not quite finished with Southern Oklahoma, and the Ardmore area will be feeling its force today. 

Bruce Thoren, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Norman, said to expect cold temperatures and precipitation with the possibility of freezing rain.

“The way it looks right now the overnight low temperature is expected to be about 30,” Thoren said. “So you will almost certainly get below freezing. The rain will probably start in the early morning hours and it will definitely be raining by late morning.”

Thoren said that the rain will continue until the late evening hours and because of the low temperature some or all of the predicted precipitation will come in the form of freezing rain. 

“By early afternoon, perhaps, it might be warm enough to change over into rain,” Thoren said. “Then whatever freezing rain accumulated on roads and trees will have melted off.”

Carter County Emergency Management Director Paul Tucker urged drivers to exercise caution when on the roads Tuesday and gave a few tips to help everyone stay safe. 

“You should definitely use caution on any bridges and overpasses because those will be the most likely to accumulate ice.” Tucker said. “Allow extra time to get to work or wherever you are going, and give plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.”

Thoren said that temperatures will be warmer Wednesday and that day-time highs for the rest of the week are expected to be in the 50s and 60s.