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Updated winter weather information from the National Weather Service, Norman, Tulsa and Amarillo

by Bryan Painter Modified: February 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm •  Published: February 1, 2014
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Urgent – Winter Weather Message…Updated
National Weather Service, Norman
946 pm CST Saturday Feb. 1, 2014

Caddo-Grady-McClain-Cleveland-Pottawatomie-Seminole-Harmon-Greer-
Kiowa counties
946 pm cst sat feb 1 2014

…Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6 pm CST Sunday…

The National Weather Service in Norman has issued a Winter Storm
Warning for snow and sleet…which is in effect until 6 pm cst
Sunday. the winter weather advisory is no longer in effect.

* Timing: sleet is expected to commence across southwest into
  central Oklahoma shortly before or around daybreak Sunday. The
  sleet is expected to quickly transition to snow and be heavy at
  times. The heaviest snow is expected to fall between 6 am and
  3 pm.

* Main impact: average snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches will
  be possible. significant impacts to travel are expected on
  sunday.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Roads will likely become slick and hazardous Sunday. Avoid
travel if possible. Monitor weather forecasts and information.

The National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/

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Atoka-Bryan counties
946 pm CST Saturday Feb. 1,  2014

…Ice Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 pm CST Sunday…
* Timing: freezing rain will begin by daybreak and intensify
  through the morning. The freezing rain is expected to switch to
  sleet and eventually snow during the afternoon.

* Main impact: freezing rain sunday morning is expected to result
  in ice accumulations just under one-half inch. the ice
  accumulations may result tree damage…sporadic power outages…
  and slick roads.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Roads may become slick and hazardous. travel is discouraged. Be
sure you can take care of yourself and your family if you lose
electrical power. watch out for falling trees…limbs and power
lines.

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Hughes-Jackson-Tillman-Comanche-Stephens-Garvin-Murray-Pontotoc-
Coal-Cotton-Jefferson-Carter-Johnston-Love-Marshall-Hardeman-
Foard-Wilbarger-Wichita-Knox-Baylor-Archer-Clay counties.
946 pm CST Saturday Feb. 1,  2014

…Winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 pm CST Sunday…

* Timing: snow and sleet will develop overnight and switch to snow
  toward and after daybreak sunday. snow will be heavy at times
  into the afternoon hours.

* Main impact: average total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches
  are expected with higher totals…of 6 to 10 inches…possible
  over parts of western north texas and southwest oklahoma.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Roads will likely become slick and hazardous. Avoid travel if
possible. monitor weather forecasts and information.
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Custer-Blaine-Kingfisher-Logan-Payne counties.

946 pm CST Saturday  Feb.  1, 2014

The national weather service in norman has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory for snow…which is in effect until 6 pm CST
Sunday.

* Timing: snow and sleet are expected to start over far west
  central oklahoma after midnight…then spread into central
  oklahoma around sunrise Sunday. The heaviest precipitation is
  expected to fall between 3 am and 3 pm.

* Main impact: snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches will
  be possible across west-central into central Oklahoma… mainly
  near and south of Interstate-40. Farther north…snow amounts
  will generally be around one-inch.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Be careful if you have to travel. Even small amounts of snow and
sleet can make roads and sidewalks slick and dangerous.

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Beckham-Washita-Canadian-Oklahoma-Lincoln counties.

946 pm CST Saturday Feb 1 2014

…Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 6 pm cst
Sunday…

* Timing: snow and sleet are expected to start over far west
  central Oklahoma after midnight…then spread into central
  Oklahoma around sunrise Sunday. the heaviest precipitation is
  expected to fall between 3 am and 3 pm.

* Main impact: snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches will
  be possible across west-central into central oklahoma… mainly
  near and south of Interstate-40. Locations farther north will
  generally see snow amounts around one-inch.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Be careful if you have to travel. even small amounts of snow and
sleet can make roads and sidewalks slick and dangerous.

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And Area Forecast Discussion Information from the National Weather Service, Tulsa Forecast Office:

(As of 8:52 pm CST Saturday Feb. 1,  2014)

Discussion…
Cold air will continue to funnel
into the area tonight in the wake of a cold front that is now well south
and east of the Tulsa forecast area. Forecasted overnight lows look within
reason at this time. The wintry precipitation associated with the shortwave
currently over Arizona is expected to move into eastern Oklahoma late tonight…
around 4 am…and spread across the area Sunday morning. This is handled well
by the current forecast.

More from the National Weather Service, Tulsa Forecast Office: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tsa/

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Area Forecast Discussion from the National Weather Service, Amarillo, Texas (coverage area

includes the Oklahoma Panhandle):

1009 pm CST Saturday Feb. 1,  2014

Update…
Will continue to maintain the current winter weather advisory.

Reports indicate snowfall along the Interstate 40 corridor between
Amarillo and the New Mexico state line.

A brief window of opportunity remains tonight for light snow
accumulations over parts of the western and central Texas panhandle.
however…it now appears that the brunt of forcing for ascent
associated with the approaching upper air system is now emerging over
southeastern New Mexico and the south plains. These most recent
satellite/radar trends may validate the 00z wrf-nam which rapidly
diminishes shallow/weak forcing over the panhandle in favor of deeper
ascent to our south.

The question remains whether snowfall over the panhandles will be
sufficient to support light accumulations before the emphasis of this
system shifts south and east where much more significant winter
weather impacts are expected through Sunday.

The National Weather Service, Amarillo, Texas: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ama/

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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