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More on today's weather, from the National Weather Service, Norman

by Bryan Painter Modified: December 20, 2013 at 4:50 pm •  Published: December 20, 2013

Area Forecast Discussion from the National Weather Service, Norman (at 4:21 p.m.):

“As feared, colder air is staying entrenched over the area much
more than synoptic models suggested. The freezing line is
currently across southern Oklahoma and north Texas,  unlike the
GFS and NAM suggestions that temperatures would warm above
freezing over much of the area by 6 p.m. Slight cold air advection
and temperatures falling toward wet bulb temperature as
precipitation falls into dry low level column will keep
temperatures much cooler than progged. This keeps open the threat
of freezing rain across much of the area tonight and into
tomorrow. Even after issuing the ice storm warning this morning,
have spread the warning farther south and added an advisory
through the remainder of the area this afternoon. The leading edge
of precipitation is spreading over north Texas and southern
Oklahoma including over areas with sub- freezing near- surface
temperatures. Late tonight and early tomorrow, there will be
some warming of low level temperatures which will spread above-
freezing temperatures north with time and change precipitation to
liquid in the south. Then precipitation north will also tend
toward snow rather than freezing rain north as elevated warm layer
cools on Saturday. Precipitation will end late Saturday night.

“Weather pattern will be more tranquil next week. Temperatures will
moderate early in the week with highs warming into the 40s and 50s.
another front is expected to move through around Christmas Day as an
upper trough moves through the Central and Northern Plains.
Moisture will remain limited with this system and will leave the
forecast dry at this time.”


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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