Dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills below zero are expected in Oklahoma City on Wednesday

Oklahoma City emergency shelters are preparing to house more people during the upcoming frigid weather.
by Bryan Painter Modified: February 4, 2014 at 9:10 pm •  Published: February 4, 2014

Any exposed skin is susceptible to frostbite when the wind blows, so hats and hoods can also go a long way in keeping people protected, he said.

In addition to the frigid temperatures, there is a chance of snow early Thursday beginning just after midnight, with chances of snow continuing through Friday.

Tuesday's snow was less than expected, although far northern parts of the state still got as much as 8 inches.

Ryan Barnes, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office, said the wintry precipitation started late Monday and continued through early Tuesday and into Tuesday afternoon in portions of Oklahoma.

“On average we're seeing anywhere from about 4 to 6 inches of snow across northern and northwestern Oklahoma, with some locally higher amounts,” Barnes said. “Parts of the OKC metro received around an inch of snow.”

Some reports to the National Weather Service included 8 inches of snow at Woodward, Gage, Alabaster Caverns State Park and near Camp Houston.

There were reports of 7 inches of snow at Laverne, Fort Supply and Cherokee.

By Tuesday afternoon most of the precipitation had ended. The extreme low temperatures could make refreezing an issue, leading to hazardous travel, particularly on bridges and overpasses, Barnes said.

The potential winter storm Wednesday night through Friday shouldn't bring large accumulations, he said.

“Right now, we're expecting all snow,” he said. “With amounts we're looking at maybe 1 inch for central and west-central Oklahoma, so nothing too significant, but that still will cause travel problems across the area given the very cold temperatures.”

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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