Sunny skies and mild temperatures this weekend may be the last for a while, with a front moving in Monday morning that could bring sleet, freezing rain and bitterly cold temperatures. Experts say no ice accumulation is expected, even though chances of light rain are predicted into the middle of the week. Lows will be below freezing, but the mercury should creep above that line during the daytime, according to current forecasts.

“With freezing rain and sleet, it doesn’t take much,” said meteorologist Daryl Williams with the National Weather Service in Norman. “But there will probably be trace amounts to very small amounts” of frozen precipitation.

Ice storms have hit the community hard in recent years, with disabling power outages, falling trees and limbs, and impassable roads. Right now, though, it doesn’t appear that next week’s weather will bring a repeat.

“Monday is the big weather change day,” Williams said this morning, with temperatures falling from a high of about 70 Sunday to a low of 22 Monday. A chance of precipitation — light rain, then light freezing rain and then perhaps sleet — are all forecast Monday as the temperatures fall.

“It looks like the chances for freezing precipitation end Tuesday night,” the weather expert said.

Meanwhile, local officials at the American Red Cross, Office of Emergency Management and AEP/PSO were all keeping an eye on the weather. John Lester of the Red Cross urged residents to check their disaster kits — flashlights, non-electric radios and can openers, batteries, water and medication — and Frank Phillips of AEP/PSO said his folks will check the forecast again before the storm hits.

“We have a storm call on Sunday,” he said, noting the company has just completed two storm drills in the past two weeks. “We’ll have a conference call to look at the updated report, an updated forecast.”

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