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Oklahoma City metro could see 3 to 6 inches, of wintry precipitation

by Bryan Painter Modified: December 4, 2013 at 10:55 am •  Published: December 4, 2013

9:25 a.m.: Ryan Barnes, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Norman said:
“With the first wave through mid-day Thursday we’re expecting maybe a glaze of ice across portions of the metro on at least bridges and overpasses.

“Temperatures will be in the 20s in the metro and into the 30s across southern Oklahoma.
Southeast Oklahoma is where the highest chances of rain and freezing rain are expected on Thursday.
But, the metro could definitely experience some sleet and perhaps some freezing rain.
 
“After that wave, the next system will start to approach southwestern Oklahoma and western, north Texas overnight Thursday, probably around midnight, and then continue to the northeast and bring in the sleet and snow into the metro.
The most significant impacts will probably be right around 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday.”
 
When asked about the possible timeline and amounts for the Oklahoma City metro,
Barnes said, “With the first wave through mid-day Thursday we’re not really expecting much at all,
maybe a glaze of ice across the southern metro or portions of the metro on bridges and overpasses. There could be some slick spots that start to develop. That would be possibly be anywhere from roughly 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.
“And then the second wave, the most significant impacts will occur from about 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday and that’s going to be snow and sleet mostly for almost the entire metro. And we’re looking for amounts anywhere from 3 to 6 inches across the metro. 
There may be some light, lingering snow through mid-day Friday, but most of that will be out of here pretty quick after lunch Friday.”
 
“There is about a 30 to 40 percent chance of some additional snowfall Saturday. That would be after lunch and into the evening hours, even through Sunday morning.”
 

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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