The Duncan Banner

February 7, 2014

Forecast: Cold temps but some relief in sight

Steve Olafson
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Another day of freezing temperatures gripped Stephens County on Thursday and temperatures are expected to  rise only to 30 degrees today.

A 30 percent chance of snow is predicted, but accumulations of only a half inch are expected.

The cold spell kept energy demands at peak levels for wintertime.

Cotton Electric Cooperative broke the record it set the previous day when it recorded 171.4 megawatts of electricity demand from its 23,000 customers in southwest Oklahoma, said spokeswoman Karen Kaley.

The electricity demand should ease on Friday.

“The wind has died down, so that will help things,” she said.

On Thursday morning, the temperature at Duncan/Halliburton Field Airport was 12 degrees for about six hours, from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service said winds will shift and come from the south this afternoon, but tonight’s low will still drop to around 21.

The temperature on Saturday afternoon is expected to reach near 44, the weather service said, and the high on Sunday should be around 39.