4 p.m. By midafternoon Thursday, temperatures were dropping in central Oklahoma. Precipitation during the afternoon is expected to continue into the overnight hours.
“And that will probably turn to freezing rain overnight,” Matthew Day with the National Weather Service's Norman Forecast Office said Thursday afternoon. “We're looking at mainly after midnight, when it will start changing over to freezing rain.
“We're still looking at light amounts, probably not more than 1/10th of an inch of ice accumulation.”
Day said central Oklahoma might get up to 1/10th of an inch of ice accumulation and other areas, such as far northwest Oklahoma and southeast Oklahoma may have less.
As far as early Friday in central Oklahoma, Day said if there is icing it “might cause some concerns on bridges and overpasses, but I don't think it will be too big of a travel concern, other than that.”
While the amount and type of freezing precipitation may vary, the cold temperatures are a certainty.
“Tomorrow is going to be very cold,” Day said. “Especially with the winds up, we're looking at wind chill values down into the teens.
“With the actual temperatures, the highs will be in the 30s.”
A winter weather advisory for much of the Norman Forecast Office's coverage area remains in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday.
At 4:40 p.m. Thursday, temperatures at Oklahoma Mesonet stations varied from 23 degrees in the western Oklahoma Panhandle at Kenton to 71 degrees at Durant in southeastern Oklahoma.
11:10 a.m. Tree branches could snap and cause power outages from icing overnight and through Saturday morning in parts of Oklahoma. Less than an inch of sleet is also possible. Icing of tree branches could cause limbs to snap and fall on power lines, the National Weather Service reports. Power outages are possible. A weather advisory for colder temperatures, sleet and ice has been issued through 6 a.m. Saturday. Check NewsOK.com for updates.
5:10 a.m. There is a chance for icy weather in Oklahoma Thursday night to Saturday morning, the National Weather Service reports.
A weather advisory has been issued for parts of Oklahoma, mostly west of Interstate 44 and along the interstate from southwest to northeast Oklahoma, from 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Saturday due to the chance for freezing rain.
Thursday there is a chance of showers in central Oklahoma before temperatures drop by dusk. Chances for freezing rain in central Oklahoma will increase after midnight Thursday and early Friday.
The Oklahoma City forecast is as follows:
Friday: A chance of freezing rain. Cloudy, with a high near 34. North wind 20 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Friday night: A chance of freezing drizzle before midnight. Mostly cloudy with a low around 30. North wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 39. North wind 7 to 10 mph.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 24.
Sunday: Snow and sleet likely mainly after noon. Cloudy with a high near 36. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Sunday night: A 40 percent chance of snow. Cloudy with a low around 30.
Monday: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Monday night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy with a low around 32.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 47.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear with a low around 30.
Wednesday: Sunny with a high near 50.