Oklahoma weather: Severe storm worries give way to ice threat

A winter weather advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for most of western and northern Oklahoma, including Oklahoma and Canadian counties, until Wednesday afternoon.
by Matt Dinger Modified: April 9, 2013 at 11:23 pm •  Published: April 9, 2013

Tornadoes and large hailstones were a bust, but a cold front swept across the state Tuesday, with small amounts of ice and freezing temperatures expected in Oklahoma City through the morning hours.

A winter weather advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for most of western and northern Oklahoma, including Oklahoma and Canadian counties, until Wednesday afternoon.

The cold front is expected to push through the Oklahoma City area overnight, sending temperatures plummeting into the upper 30s from a high of 77 degrees Tuesday.

With the front comes the possibility of freezing rain, but less than one-tenth of an inch of ice is expected to accumulate — and up to a quarter-inch in isolated areas — before tapering off Wednesday afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to bounce back into the mid-40s Wednesday afternoon and into the upper 20s overnight. The rest of the week should be sunny with the possibility of showers and temperatures in the 50s and 60s through the weekend, according to the weather service.

By midafternoon Tuesday, the Panhandle saw temperatures in the mid-20s with a wind chill as low as 9 degrees in some places, according to the Mesonet.

The possibility of softball-size hailstones and isolated tornadoes did not pan out. Neither were reported in the state Tuesday, but nickel-size hail an inch and a half deep was reported late Tuesday north of Altus in Jackson County, the weather service said.

Small amounts of rainfall were recorded in western parts of the state, including 0.45 inches in Bessie, 0.44 inches in Seiling and 0.41 inches reported at Retrop by 11 p.m., according to the Mesonet.


by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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