Weather expert says this week's snowstorm hit Oklahoma in typical fashion

Rick Smith with the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office said the recent winter storm featured a fairly typical set-up for snow across Oklahoma, with a strong upper-level storm system moving out of New Mexico and across the southern Plains.
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Rick Smith with the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office said the recent winter storm featured a fairly typical set-up for snow across Oklahoma, with a strong upper-level storm system moving out of New Mexico and across the southern Plains.

A strong cold front pushed through the state on Sunday night, and the rain that had been falling across western Oklahoma quickly changed to snow.

“With almost every winter storm we see in Oklahoma, the heaviest snow occurs in bands,” Smith said. “And that was the case with this storm. We knew that all the meteorological signals pointed toward the heaviest bands being over the northwestern half of the state, and that's right where we ended up seeing the heaviest snow and blizzard conditions.”

Smith said as meteorologists watched the storm evolve Sunday night and especially during the day Monday, they knew the southern edge of the precipitation area was where there was a lot of uncertainty as far as snowfall amounts.

He said they were confident northwest Oklahoma was going to get buried in a lot of snow, but far less confident about the Interstate 44 corridor and the Oklahoma City metro area, “and we tried to convey that in our forecasts.”

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With almost every winter storm we see in Oklahoma, the heaviest snow occurs in bands. And that was the case with this storm.”

Rick Smith,
National Weather Service

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