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Q&A about snowfall, wind chills and the weather forecast for Bedlam with the National Weather Service

by Bryan Painter Modified: December 6, 2013 at 3:50 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013

Marc Austin with the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office said:  ”The heavier amounts of snow, mostly snow a little bit of sleet, were in the northern and western parts of the Oklahoma City metro area and that kind of extended into western Oklahoma along a real narrow strip there where we had from 4 to 5 1/2 inches and a measurement of 7 inches of snow. We had reports near Edmond of about 5 to 5.5 inches and toward Warr Acres, anywhere from 4 to 5 inches.

“Outside the metro, we received a report of a total of 7 inches of snow 7 miles southwest of Fort Cobb.

“For the most part in the Oklahoma City metro, totals were about 3 to 5 inches.

“The areas most likely to have had much ice in our area would have been down in south central (Oklahoma), like Love County over toward Bryan County and Atoka County. I’m sure there was a glaze to possibly a quarter of an inch at most in a few places. There’s  a possibility that maybe in the southern tip of Love County or in that area, they may have had a little bit more.”

Q: Looking ahead is the main issue going to be the cold temperatures?

A: “Definitely tonight into tomorrow morning we’re talking about single digits pretty much in our area. Right now we’re forecasting a low of 3 degrees for Oklahoma City. The coldest temperatures will probably be out west and south over that higher snow pack. What happens a lot of times is when you get a night like tonight when you get calm winds, especially toward sunrise and you have mostly clear skies, or not many clouds, we get radiational cooling and that can allow temperatures to really plummet a couple of hours before the sunrises and that’s what we’re kind of expecting to happen. We actually have some lows right around zero on the map. I wouldn’t be totally surprised to see a minus 1 or minus 2 here and there. We have Hobart at 2 degrees for a low, Altus at 1 and Lawton at 1. Wind chills, especially down there, could be minus 14, minus 15.

“In the Oklahoma City metro, it could be negative 10, negative 12.”

Q: What about the Bedlam forecast with a kickoff at 11 a.m., Saturday in Stillwater?

A: ”We’re looking at about 15 degrees with a wind chill of 1 or 2 degrees.”

Q: When will we likely climb above freezing?

A: “Right now it looks like Wednesday, just above freezing, we’re calling for highs in the mid-30s.”

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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