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What the National Weather Service says about a possible winter storm this week

by Bryan Painter Published: December 17, 2013

From the National Weather Service, Norman:

“A winter storm expected to impact Oklahoma and western north
Texas Friday through Sunday.

“It appears increasingly likely that another winter storm will
affect much of Oklahoma and western north Texas Friday through
Sunday.  Although precipitation types and amounts at any specific
location remain uncertain…freezing rain and snow appear likely
across the northwest half of Oklahoma.

“A strong cold front will move through the area Thursday night into
Friday morning bringing colder air to the region with temperatures
falling to the 20s…30s and lower 40s by midday Friday. These
temperatures will continue through the weekend.

“Some very light freezing drizzle may occur late Thursday night behind
the cold front across north central Oklahoma. However… if this
precipitation does occur it is expected to be very short in duration
and no accumulations or travel problems are anticipated.

“More significant precipitation is expected to develop Friday night…
beginning as freezing rain across the northwest half of Oklahoma…
and rain across western north Texas and the southeast half of
Oklahoma. Precipitation will likely change over to snow northwest
to southeast Saturday evening into Sunday morning before ending.

“Although specifics remain uncertain…current indications suggest
the highest chance of accumulating snow and ice will be over the
northwest half of Oklahoma…or generally across parts of Oklahoma
north and west of Interstate 44.

“After the storm…temperatures are expected to rise above freezing
by Monday…allowing for melting of any snow or ice accumulation.

“There are still large differences in the weather models as far as
precipitation amounts…but confidence is fairly high that there
could be hazardous impacts from this winter storm…primarily in
relation to travel. Residents of Oklahoma and north Texas should
continue to monitor weather forecasts this week as this winter
storm approaches and details emerge.”


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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