Snow has mostly stopped falling in the Oklahoma Panhandle, but blowing snow from drifts and frigid temperatures continue to be hazardous, the National Weather Service reports.
Many roads in Cimarron and Texas counties remain closed, reports Lt. Mary Anne Burdo, Oklahoma Highway Patrol dispatcher in Guymon.
“At times it's hard to tell if it is still snowing or just blowing,” Burdo said Tuesday morning.
Near Kenton, in Cimarron County, nearly 15 inches of snow was reported by the National Weather Service. Burdo said the Panhandle just might have snow still on the ground on Christmas Day.
“As long as it lasts and it doesn't come again that will be OK,” Burdo said.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews continue to salt, sand and clear roads in northwest Oklahoma. All highways are closed in Cimarron County except U.S. 56 and U.S. 64 east from Boise City.
U.S. 64 remains closed westbound from Guymon in Texas County due to white-out conditions. All roads in the Panhandle are considered slick and hazardous.
Harper, Ellis and Woodward counties are reporting slick roads with one to two inches of snow accumulation.
The Tuesday forecast for Boise City calls for areas of blowing snow and scattered snow showers before noon. The high temperature in the Panhandle will be near 30 with wind chill values between minus 3 and 7 degrees. Winds could gust up to 35 mph. There is a 30 percent chance for more snow.
Stranded travelers spent the night in churches and in the basement of the courthouse, Cimarron County sheriff's dispatcher Sharon Bade said.
Although the snow in the Panhandle has tapered off, the blizzard warning remains in effect until noon, the weather service in Amarillo, Texas, reports.
Chances for more rain continue in central Oklahoma on Tuesday with fog and wind gusts. The chance is about 20 percent in the Oklahoma City area, the National Weather Service reports. A 20 percent chance of snow lies ahead for Thursday night.
The Oklahoma City forecast is as follows:
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Otherwise, cloudy with a temperature falling to around 40 by 5 p.m. North, northwest wind 6 to 9 mph increasing to between 15 and 18 mph. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a low around 26. West, northwest wind between 6 and 14 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 50. South, southwest wind between 6 and 11 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a low around 31. South wind between 6 and 8 mph.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 47. Southeast wind 5 to 13 mph becoming north.
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 27.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 36.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 23.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 43.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy with a low around 25.
Christmas Day: Sunny with a high near 43.
Sunday Night: Clear with a low around 30.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 49.