Cold blast next week

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Today is the first day of meteorological winter! Astronomical winter doesn't arrive until December 21st but bitterly cold weather is on the way for next week.

Before we can get to next week, let's talk about this weekend: We are tracking a storm system that will move in late Friday night into Saturday. This system will bring highs in the upper 40s for Saturday afternoon and our next chance for rain. The rain is expected to be scattered and light starting late Friday night and continuing throughout the day on Saturday. Chances are you will have to bring the ponchos to Bedlam in Norman on Saturday morning.

Much better chances for rain arrive on Monday. Between the two systems, expect anywhere from about half an inch to inch of rain across Green Country. In Tulsa we are almost 11 inches behind on rainfall for the year so we desperately need the rain!

The first half of next week will be near normal temperature wise with highs in the mid to upper 50s. Big changes are coming Wednesday as an arctic air mass pushes into Green Country. Afternoon highs on Wednesday will only reach the upper 30s. This system will also bring gusty winds. Wind chills overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning will dip down into the teens.

But the big question remains: Snow or no? You may have already seen several snowfall forecasts floating around the internet for next week. The potential is there for light snow but the bottom line is forecast models just don't handle snowfall amounts this far out. The track of the storm will make all the difference in who sees snow and who doesn't and it's just too early to talk specifics. So stay tuned as we get closer to next week and we'll update you with the newest information every day.

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