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Significant risk of ice accumulation in areas of southeastern Oklahoma

by Bryan Painter Published: December 5, 2013
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The following is the “Hazardous Weather Outlook” from the National Weather Service, Tulsa Forecast Office, as of 10:28 a.m. Thursday:
…Major winter storm developing over eastern Oklahoma and
northwest arkansas…

This outlook is for northwest and west central Arkansas as well as
much of eastern Oklahoma.

.Day one…rest of today and tonight.

Winter weather.
Snow accumulation.
Risk…elevated.
Area…northeast oklahoma and east central oklahoma…
       northwest arkansas.
Onset…ongoing.

Additional accumulations in later periods.

Ice accumulation.
Risk…significant.
Area…southeast oklahoma and west central arkansas.
Onset…ongoing.

Significant winds.
Risk…limited.
Area…eastern oklahoma and northwest arkansas.
Onset…ongoing.

Discussion…
Precipitation is currently underway across the majority of
eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. This activity will
continue to expand in coverage through the afternoon hours as it
lifts to the northeast. Precipitation has been reported as
freezing rain with some sleet mixed in across southeast Oklahoma
and west central Arkansas. Across northeast and east central
Oklahoma and also far northwest Arkansas…precipitation has been
reported as a mixture of sleet and snow. Temperatures will not
warm today…so any precipitation will result in hazardous roads
and highways. Along with the wintry precipitation…gusty
northerly winds in the 15 to near 25 mph will continue to be
possible through the afternoon hours creating wind chill values in
the teens for most locations.

Another round of wintry precipitation will spread across eastern
Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas tonight into Friday…bringing
the best chances of significant accumulations.

Significant ice accumulations are expectd across southeast Oklahoma and west
central Arkansas…where around a half inch to an inch of icing
will be possible.

This will result in major travel impacts and
power outages.

Locations roughly between the Interstate 40 and 44
corridors may see around 3 to 6 inches of sleet and snow
accumulations…with some locally higher amounts possible. If sleet remains the dominant precipitation type through the
night…then the snowfall totals will be less.
Regardless…widespread travel issues are likely.

 


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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