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    Cold Air to Return to Oklahoma City, Dallas Saturday

    By Jordan Root, Meteorologist
    March 8, 2014; 9:09 AM ET
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    Play video Here is a detailed look at the forecast for the southern Plains over the next 24 hours.

    Story Written by Jordan Root,
    AccuWeather.com Meteorologist

    Another blast of cold air will overtake the southern Plains on Saturday, sending a chilling reminder to folks that winter is still not over.

    In addition to the cold air, a light wintry mix of snow and rain will spread across parts of Oklahoma. Ahead of the front, light rain and a few thunderstorms will dot southern Texas.

    A sharp cold front is to blame for the blast of cold air. The front will continue to dive across Texas, opening the door to a dome of cold air across the northern Plains. Breezy northerly winds will help spread the cold air across the region.

    The cold air should have no problem fighting off the warm air that is in place across much of central Texas. A 40-degree temperature spread in high temperatures will exist from the northern to southern edge of the state.

    Across Oklahoma where the cold air has already taken over, high temperatures will average around 15 degrees below normal. Oklahoma City will likely come up a couple degrees short of 40 on Saturday, with a high of only 38 expected.

    A high of 38 degrees would fall 23 degrees short of the normal this time of the year. Many locations across central Oklahoma to southeastern Kansas will feel temperatures 20 to 25 degrees below normal.

    A stiff northerly breeze will make it feel much colder. AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures are expected to be in the upper teens for most of the day.

    Much of the nation, including the southern Plains, has been fighting the cold weather all winter. Temperature departures have averaged a few degrees below normal.

    The cold air will make for a chilly rain during the day around Oklahoma City. A few flakes will mix north of the city.

    Showers will extend into much of Texas including Dallas and Houston. After last week's wintry mix in Dallas, another repeat is not expected on Saturday.

    Temperatures will remain warm enough for all liquid to fall. The cold front is expected to reach Houston late in the day.

    Thunderstorms will ignite in the warmer air from San Antonio to Brownsville in the afternoon and will provide for a quick downpour.

    The cold air won't remain in place for very long. A warming trend is expected for Sunday and Monday. High temperatures will top out in the 70s on Monday across most of the southern Plains.

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