Oklahomans prepared Tuesday as an approaching cold front is expected to bring freezing rain, snow and bitterly cold temperatures later in the week.
The front is expected to move into the area Wednesday morning. Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s early Wednesday, dropping to the 20s later in the night.
That is as warm as it will get the rest of the week, National Weather Service forecasters said. Highs Thursday and Friday are not expected to reach 30 degrees. Friday night's low is expected to dip to 10 degrees.
Freezing rain and sleet are expected to arrive Thursday morning. More sleet and snow are possible Thursday night, with snow likely Friday morning.
Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Norman, said in a NewsOK chat Tuesday that this storm will likely be more widespread than the one that hit the state a couple of weeks ago.
“It will be bad enough to cause some travel problems starting late Thursday night and continuing through Friday,” Smith said. “It will be colder with this storm. We are concerned that areas south and southeast of Oklahoma City could get enough ice to cause tree damage and power outages.”
The Oklahoma City area is expected to get between one and three inches of snow on top of a layer of freezing rain and sleet. More snow is possible in the northeast part of Oklahoma, with the southern half of the state likely to get smaller amounts, mostly in the form of freezing rain.
Smith said the dividing line between snow and sleet should be around Norman, with areas north of the line seeing more snow.