TULSA – This cold front isn’t a joke. That was the feeling of many on social media Thursday as the area experienced one of the more rapid drops in temperature in recent memory.

To accurately portray Thursday’s drop in temperature, InsideFortSmith.Com observed temperatures of 50 degrees at our local office around 3:30 PM, while another company location in the Tulsa area 120 miles away reported 29 degrees at the same time. The temperatures are expected to stay cold, but the high winds will keep wind chills in the single digits heading into the weekend.

“Strong north to northwest winds behind the front will continue to cust to near 35 miles an house in some places through around midnight, and then gradually subside.” the National Weather Service Tulsa office said in Friday’s Hazardous Weather Outlook. “Very cold temperatures will continue to filter into the area over night, yielding wind chill values of zero to minus 5 in parts of Northeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas.”

Another cold front is expected to move through Sunday, extending the colder temperatures into Monday and Tuesday.


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Grant Merrill is the Publisher of InsideFortSmith.Com, and owner of parent company Great Plains Digital Media. Prior to jumping into the digital world, he was a longtime sports talk show host on stations across Arkansas. E-Mail: grant@greatplainsdigital.com


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