UPDATE: Winter storm warning issued with up to 9 inches of snow in central Oklahoma on Christmas Day
Oklahoma City and state transportation officials are preparing for expected winter weather.
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Oklahoma City street crews will begin treating overpasses and bridges with a salt mixture beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, according to a tweet from city spokeswoman Kristy Yager Monday morning. Trucks are being loaded and will cover spots that could get icy citywide.
Snow is expected to taper off Tuesday night, but areas of blowing snow could reduce visibility with temperatures dropping to a low of 10 degrees.
A winter storm warning issued Monday morning states snow will develop between midnight Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday with heavy snow during the day. Areas from Lawton to Oklahoma City may have an extended period of sleet before the sleet changes to snow, making roads slick and hazardous. Drifts could make east and west roads packed with snow and impassable.
With gusts of wind up to 45 mph whiteout conditions will make travel difficult, the weather service reports.
The Oklahoma City forecast is as follows:
Monday: Partly sunny with a high near 39. North, northeast wind 9 to 11 mph.
Monday night: A slight chance of rain before midnight then a chance of sleet. Mostly cloudy with a low around 26. North, northeast wind 10 to 16 mph with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Christmas Day: Sleet before 9 a.m. then snow. Temperature falling to around 21 by 5 p.m. North wind 16 to 24 mph with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow and sleet accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Tuesday night: A 20 percent chance of snow before midnight. Mostly cloudy with a low around 12. Wind chill values as low as -6. North, northwest wind 16 to 22 mph with gusts as high as 31 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 22. North, northwest wind 10 to 16 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.
Wednesday night Mostly cloudy with a low around 15.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 37.
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy with a low around 22.
Friday: A slight chance of rain and snow. Cloudy with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low around 22.
Saturday: Sunny with a high near 40.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 26.
Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 43.