The Duncan Banner

January 22, 2014

Burn ban widens and colder winds will blow

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Seven more counties declared burn bans on Tuesday as freezing temperatures were reported to be on the way to Stephens County.

The temperature will drop to 21 degrees tonight and dip even lower on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Norman.

By Thursday morning, wind gusts could reach 29 mph, the weather service said.

The high temperature on Thursday will be 25 while the low that night will plunge to 9, forecasters said.

Friday will remain cold, but the high will reach above the freezing mark to 39, then drop down to 27 during the night, the forecast said.

Temperatures are anticipated to warm up Saturday and Sunday, with highs of 58 and 62 degrees, respectively.

Meanwhile, a burn ban for Stephens County remains in effect.

There are 11 counties in the state are now under a burn ban — Stephens, Grady, Jefferson, Cotton, Blaine, Canadian, Latimer, McIntosh, Payne, Pittsburg, and Tillman.

Most of Stephens County is still in a moderate, if not severe, drought,  according to the National Weather Service.

There has been less than 3 inches of precipitation in Duncan during the past three months, according to data collected at The Duncan Banner that is sent to the weather service in Norman.

The last rain fall was measured as .02 inches on Jan. 10, which is the only recorded precipitation so far this month, according to the data.