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Winter storm warning in effect for Oklahoma

Oklahoma is under a winter storm warning. Up to 10 inches of snow possible across state.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: February 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm •  Published: February 8, 2011

A winter storm packing blowing snow and subzero temperatures is bearing down on Oklahoma today, with snowfall expected to start this afternoon, the National Weather Service reports.

The state is under a winter storm warning today and Wednesday.

Snow in central Oklahoma is expected to end around noon Wednesday. Central and north central Oklahoma could get the heaviest snowfall, said Marc Austin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Norman. Between 6 and 10 inches of snow is possible statewide.

Snow-packed roads and low visibility for drivers could cause treacherous conditions tonight and Wednesday. The storm is expected to intensify early Wednesday. Wind chill indexes could dip to minus 15 degrees.

In Oklahoma City, street crews have been using trucks with plows on the front to clear rural roads and streets in the city limits.

“We haven't stopped; we've been working 24 hours a day 7 days a week since last week,” city spokeswoman Kristy Yager said.

Yager said crews will continue working this afternoon. Crews are facing fatigue but will continue to focus their efforts on keeping streets and roads clear.

Meanwhile, the state Emergency Operations Center has been activated, as officials with the state Emergency Management Department are working with local emergency managers, the state Transportation Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Oklahoma National Guard, the state Health Department, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, FEMA, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and numerous other emergency response and recovery partners in planning for the storm's arrival, according to a news release.

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