Unfortunately, the warm spell won't last long, as temperatures are expected to plunge Thursday night after two days of 50-degree weather, the weather service said.
Thursday is expected to be partly sunny, windy and cold with morning lows in the teens and highs only in the 20s.
"At this time, accumulations of snow across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas are expected to remain light given the progressive nature of the system". Temperatures will fall into the lower 30s and below freezing late Friday afternoon, with a transition from a wintry mix to snow.
Our next chance at snow comes next Tuesday.
The weather service said a flood watch means a potential for flooding exists based on forecasts.
"Still looking at widespread rainfall leading to urban, poor drainage flooding as well as some river flooding", the service said Thursday evening on Twitter. Waves of rain will move across the state today, heavier this afternoon and evening, into Saturday morning. The forecast is calling for occasional rain throughout the day, but a winter weather advisory is going into effect at 6 p.m. Wind chill values could be as low as minus 15 degrees from northwesterly, then southeasterly winds in the afternoon.
The NWS originally had a winter advisory until 7 p.m. Saturday night, but canceled it around 12:30 p.m. because no more precipitation was expected. Strong north winds will continue at 20-25 miles per hour, with gusts to 33 miles per hour, according to NWS, before decreasing after midnight. High temperatures may challenge a record set only a year ago in the lower 60s. We expect rain showers and 40s for Friday morning.
M.L. King Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.
No major weather-related accidents were reported in Lexington overnight Saturday while road crews were out in full force force treating roads. Low around 14. North wind 14 to 16 miles per hour.