Panhandles will be affected by winter system

The coldest air in YEARS is making an appearance in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region as a powerful trough of low pressure strengthens and moves out of Canada. The National Weather Service has issued a wide range of warnings and advisories to prepare the public for this abnormally cold and snowy pattern varying from wind chill warnings, to winter storm warnings, and winter weather advisories. Not only will this system bring an excessive amount of snow, with some areas being hit with amounts totaling 15 inches or more, but the bone chilling cold behind it will be one for the books. High temperaturesâ?¦yes, I said highs, will remain below zero for the first part of the week, with blustery winds creating wind chill values on the order of -30 to -50 degrees.

Believe it or not, we too will be affected by this powerful winter system here on the High Plainsâ?¦although not to that extreme level. Instead we will be battling temperatures in the teens tonight, breezy winds, as well as some light snow. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the Oklahoma Panhandle, northern Texas Panhandle, and Union County in eastern New Mexico until 6:00 Sunday morning. Snowfall totals will be light with most of those areas in the advisory receiving about 1â?? of snow, although a few locations toward the west may receive as much as 2â??. The combination of the falling snow and breezy northerly winds blowing at 15-25 mph may create some issues on the roadways with the blowing snow reducing visibilities.

Although the snow will be gone for the most part by tomorrow morning, the coldest air will be rearing its head Sunday night into Monday morning with a dangerously cold start to the work week. Low temperatures will drop into the single digits with wind chill values hovering between -5 and -10 degrees. Please dress appropriately for the winter weather and take it slow on the roadways until theyâ??re all clear!