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A Winter Storm Warning for some areas...and more from the National Weather Service

by Bryan Painter Modified: February 1, 2014 at 10:35 pm •  Published: February 1, 2014
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“The National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office has issued a winter storm warning

that is in effect from 9 this evening (Saturday) to 6  p.m. Sunday for

Hughes, Jackson, Tillman, Comanche, Stephens, Garvin, Murray, Pontotoc, Coal, Cotton, Jefferson, Carter, Johnston, Atoka, Love, Marshall and Bryan counties in Oklahoma.

* Timing: tonight and Sunday…with the heaviest precipitation
  between 3 am and 3 pm.

* Main impact: A mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain
  will develop tonight, then switch over to snow west to east.
  Precipitation will end west to east on Sunday. Total snow and
  sleet accumulations of 2 to 5 inches with locally heavier
  amounts are likely. Total ice accumulations up to 0.25 inch are
  also likely mainly southeast of a Wichita Falls, Texas to Ada line. Ice
  accumulations around Durant and Atoka may exceed 0.25 inch
  Sunday and necessitate a further warning.

* Other impacts: Snow…sleet…and ice accumulations will make
  travel slick and hazardous tonight into Sunday. Motorists
  should use extra caution.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Keep up with the latest weather information…especially if you
plan to travel.”

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“From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office,

this Hazardous Weather Outlook covers northern…western…
central…and southern Oklahoma…and western north Texas.

Day one…through tonight…

Discussion…
Another round of winter precipitation will affect the region tonight.
Precipitation may start as early as this evening but is expected to become
more widespread overnight into Sunday morning. A wintry mix of snow…sleet…
and freezing rain is likely…with the heaviest precipitation across parts
of southern Oklahoma and western north Texas. A winter storm warning is in
effect for this area from tonight through Sunday. The winter precipitation
will lead to slick and hazardous travel conditions over portions of Oklahoma
and north Texas.

Days two through seven…Sunday through Friday…

Ongoing winter storm will continue into Sunday with the heaviest snow…
sleet…and ice accumulations to occur over southern Oklahoma and western
north Texas. Hazardous travel will continue into Sunday night over much
of this area.

Another round of winter weather will impact the region late Monday into
Tuesday… with heaviest accumulations expected across northern Oklahoma.
Models show winter precipitation occurring again late Wednesday through
Friday across parts of Oklahoma and western north Texas. Slick and possibly
hazardous travel conditions may develop with both or either of these storms.
There are still uncertainties with these systems so check back frequently
for updates to the forecast.”

The National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/ 

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“Following is the Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service, Tulsa:

This outlook is for northwest and west central Arkansas as well as
much of eastern Oklahoma.

Day one…this afternoon and tonight.

Winter weather.
Ice accumulation.
Risk…limited.
Area…far northeast Oklahoma and far northwest Arkansas.
Onset…ongoing.

Significant winds.
Risk…limited.
Area…eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.
Onset…after midnight.

Discussion…
Areas of light drizzle and freezing drizzle continued over parts
of far northeast Oklahoma and far northwest Arkansas early this
afternoon. This precipitation will remain possible through the
afternoon hours before pushing off to the east this evening as a
slowly moving cold front exits to the southeast. Any ice
accumulation should remain limited with slick spots on
roadways…particularly bridges and overpasses.

Northerly winds this afternoon are expected to become gusty in the
20 to around 25 mph range overnight behind the exiting cold front
and ahead of another low pressure system approaching the southern
plains.

Days two through seven…Sunday through Friday.
Sunday…Winter weather potential…high wind potential.
Monday…winter weather potential.
Tuesday…winter weather potential…dangerous wind chill potential.
Wednesday…dangerous wind chill potential.
Thursday…winter weather potential…dangerous wind chill potential.
Friday…winter weather potential.

Extended discussion…
Areas of rain, freezing rain, and sleet will develop early
Sunday and transition to mostly snow from north to south by Sunday
afternoon across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. Most of the
snow should end by Sunday evening. Forecast confidence indicates
southeast Oklahoma and west central arkansas could see the greatest
snow and ice accumulations through Sunday…which may hinder travel.
A winter storm watch for Sunday and Sunday evening has been
posted. The track of this system suggests parts of northeast
Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas could see lesser amounts of snow.

Additional…and perhaps more widespread winter weather impacts
are expected once again…beginning Monday night…and continuing
through Tuesday night. Locally significant snow/sleet and ice
accumulations remain possible across eastern Oklahoma…west
central and northwest Arkansas…which may result in hazardous
travel and potential power interruptions. Uncertainty surrounding
precipitation types and amounts at any one location remains
high at this time…therefore later forecasts will be refined as
the event draws closer.

Cold air remains in place over the region into the second half of
next week with dangerous wind chill potential for parts of eastern
Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. Wintry precipitation chances
increase again Thursday night and Friday as another low pressure
system approaches and moves into the region.”

www.srh.noaa.gov/tulsa contains additional information.


by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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