Art Lawler Staff Writer email@example.com
Remember the so-called winter storm that was supposed to have come howling into Pontotoc County a week or so ago?
Well, another one is predicted for this week — In fact, this is the real deal, according to Doug Speheger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman.
He doesn’t say so in those words but delivers the news one temperature at a time.
The wintry weather scheduled to begin hitting this area at sunrise Wednesday will do so gradually.
Temperatures will have dropped by 40 degrees into the low 30s by Wednesday evening.
Precipitation is also expected between midnight Wednesday and sunrise Thursday.
Then it teases us all day long.
Thursday’s low will be in the low 30s; the high Thursday will be in the low 30s, also.
There will be wind, not a lot, but enough to cause freezing on the roads, Speheger said.
Precipitation will continue Thursday night with mostly freezing rain. The overnight low will be 20 degrees.
The wind chill is expected to be 10 degrees.
Friday morning will greet Pontotoc County residents with freezing rain that may switch to sleet and snow.
The high on Friday is expected to crawl to 27 degrees.
Saturday won’t be any better with highs in the upper 20s.
Saturday night will bring the worst of it, with a low of 10 degrees and a wind chill right at 0 — or at least in the single digits.
If you’re wondering if at least part of the weekend will be spared from this northern bully, the answer is no.
Sunday’s high is expected to be in the lower 20s with a high around 32. However, temperatures are expected to reach into the low 20s Sunday night with a high on Monday finally above freezing.
Barring any further winter bullying, temperatures should be back into the lower 40s by next Tuesday.
Weldon’s Auto on Cradduck Road in Ada provided a checklist of maintenance procedures you do yourself in advance of the winter weather:
• Don’t turn your car into a sled by driving on bald tires on the ice.
• You’ve got today to make sure your car heater is working. If it isn’t, get it fixed.
• Make sure that if you drive — and you really shouldn’t — you have a blanket, a charged cell phone and warm clothing.
• Don’t forget to bundle up your car by making sure it has anti-freeze, good for up to minus 20 degrees.
• Don’t go out with a battery that has been temperamental.
• Make sure your engine is in good shape. Changed the oil in the last 25,000 miles? Now might be a good time.