Oklahoma is bracing for snow

BY BRIAN SARGENT Published: March 27, 2009
A spring snowstorm is expected to affect most of Oklahoma today and early Saturday. It could bring more than a foot of snow to far northwest Oklahoma.

"We don’t usually get our peak snowfall or heavy snowfall in the last week of March, but it’s not unheard of,” said Rick Smith, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

As much as 10 to 15 inches of snow may be seen in far northwest Oklahoma, with drifts as high as 2 feet, Smith said. The storm is expected to move east and southeast during the day, reaching Oklahoma City by tonight’s commute.

"Even in places that don’t get a foot of snow, it’s going to be very dramatic as snow blows around,” Smith said.

Skies could bring rain for most of today in the Oklahoma City area before precipitation changes to snow before 10 p.m.

As much as 6 inches of snow could accumulate in mid- to northern Oklahoma and southern Logan counties, with 1 to 3 inches in the Norman and Moore areas. Southeast Oklahoma could get light snow.

Temperatures Saturday are expected to range from the 30s in far northwest Oklahoma to the 50s in the southeast. On Sunday, temperatures should warm into the upper 40s in the northwest and the mid-60s in the southeast.

The system should move out Saturday.

Woodward County Emergency Manager Matt Lehenbauer said residents have been warned to prepare a 72-hour emergency kit, including nonperishable food, prescription medications and water.

"Our worst-case scenario is widespread power outages,” Lehenbauer said. "We’re expecting significant delays in response to emergencies.”


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