“Arctic” weather will not persist in Carter County

The cold snap may have caught us off-guard, but the week will warm up soon. 

Carter County experienced below-freezing weather on Sunday and Monday, prompting one school district to close and many others to cancel or postpone events. Kevin Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Norman, said the worst is over. 

“As far as another intrusion of bitter arctic air, we won’t see that,” Brown said. 

Brown said this marked some of the coldest air the state received this season, with some parts of Oklahoma experiencing record lows for March.  

Mid-January to mid-February usually marks the coldest part of the year in Oklahoma, but this year, the real cold showed up later than usual. Brown said a cold front blew in last Friday, but the weather the region experienced on Monday can be attributed to a bitter cold blast of Arctic air that came through on Saturday.

“The coldest air that spills into the U.S. usually comes from Siberia and the North Pole,” Brown said. “But this was a true arctic surge, and it was the coldest this year.”

With no significant precipitation, roads stayed relatively safe. However, Davis Public Schools opted to remain closed for the sake of students’ safety, as the temperature remained in the teens throughout the early morning. 

Brown said as temperatures warm across the state, Oklahoma will receive more moisture and experience more wind. In Ardmore, temperatures will rise to the 50s and 60s as the week continues. 

“There is actually an increased chance of thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday,” Brown said. “For south central and southeastern Oklahoma, those could be severe.”