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Several rounds of winter precip possible...

by Bryan Painter Published: January 31, 2014

The National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office reports that

“Several rounds of winter precipitation will be possible across
the area through at least the middle of next week.

“Multiple storm systems moving across the region will cause
several rounds of winter precipitation for parts of Oklahoma and
western north Texas. Round one will occur tonight into Saturday
morning. Round number two will take shape Saturday night and last
into Sunday. The third round of winter precipitation will likely
occur Monday into Tuesday. More widespread and possibly significant
impacts are expected with the second and third rounds of winter
weather…from Saturday night into Sunday…and again Monday night
into Tuesday.

“Round one… freezing rain and/or freezing drizzle will be
possible across parts of northern and central Oklahoma beginning
tonight and continuing on Saturday morning. A brief period of
sleet and/or snow will also be possible across parts of far
northern Oklahoma… with a slight chance of rain in parts of
southeast Oklahoma. Overall… amounts are expected to be light…
trace to less than a tenth of inch… so no widespread significant
impacts are expected. However… a few slick spots could develop
on some area roadways tonight into Saturday morning.

“Round two… this round of winter precipitation is expected to
have a greater impact…and will occur from late Saturday night
into Sunday… mainly south of Interstate 40… across
parts of central and southern Oklahoma… and western north Texas.
A wintry mix…including snow…sleet…and freezing rain will be
possible with this storm system. Snow and/or sleet accumulations
of one to three inches with locally higher amounts will be possible
along with some light icing from freezing rain across parts of south
central and southeast Oklahoma. Accumulations of snow…sleet…and
ice may result in slick and hazardous roadways in these areas.

“Round three…this round will quickly follow the second storm
system with the next wave of winter precipitation possibly
beginning as early as Monday morning in parts of southwest
oklahoma and western north Texas. The precipitation will then
spread north and east Monday into Tuesday. Rain and snow will be
possible with this system… with the heaviest snow likely
occuring across parts of northern and possibly central Oklahoma.
However…it is too early to tell more specifically where the
heaviest and how much accumulation will occur… slick travel could
also be a problem with this storm system.

“There are still uncertainties in the forecast… especially for
the storm systems set to impact oklahoma Saturday night and Sunday…
and Monday into Tuesday. Please check back often and remain weather
aware by listening to NOAA weather radio…visiting our website…
and following us on Facebook and Twitter.”


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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