Hazardous driving conditions are possible today in Oklahoma

Type of precipitation expected varies
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 20, 2011 at 6:57 am •  Published: January 20, 2011

— Motorists, including those in the Oklahoma City metro, could be starting the day today facing hazardous driving conditions.

A winter weather advisory is in effect today until 1 p.m. for many areas of the western half of the state, and until 6 p.m. for the Panhandle and much of the eastern half of Oklahoma. Some northeastern Oklahoma counties are in a winter storm warning until 6 tonight.

Several southern, southeastern and southwestern counties were not in winter advisories as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

In central Oklahoma, light freezing rain was expected to begin shortly after midnight with a quick transition to a winter mix of sleet and snow, and then changing to primarily snow before sunrise today, according to the National Weather Service's Norman Forecast Office.

That could lead to a combination of a thin glaze of ice topped by possibly about 1 to 3 inches of sleet and snow in areas of central Oklahoma.

In addition, brisk north winds and wind chills in single digits are in the forecast for today.

The system is expected to move off to the east by noon.

Northern counties could receive 2 to 4 inches of snow, with some higher amounts possible locally.

Northwestern Oklahoma could receive up to 3 inches of snow, while western Oklahoma may receive light snow, according to the National Weather Service in Norman.

Light freezing rain, snow and sleet are possible in some areas of southern Oklahoma, as well.

Weather officials urge the public to continue to monitor weather reports for the latest information.

Another storm system is predicted to bring a chance of rain or snow to areas of the state Sunday.