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Winter Storm Watch for Thursday into Friday, including central Oklahoma

by Bryan Painter Published: December 3, 2013

Today (Tuesday), a dense fog (1/4 mile visibility or lesss) will affect much of central Oklahoma through

the morning hours. In some areas, visibility will be restricted to

only a few hundred feet. Motorists should allow for slower travel.

Looking ahead to later in the week:

The highest chances for precipitation will be across the southeast half of Oklahoma

and adjacent parts of Texas.

More precipitation will arrive Friday morning when the highest chances for

freezing rain are in southeast Oklahoma. Precipitation will decrease from

northwest to southeast through the day.

And at 4:25 a.m. today (Tuesday) the National Weather Service, Norman issued a Winter Storm Watch  that will be “in Effect from Thursday morning through Friday afternoon” for:

Noble-Logan-Payne-Caddo-Canadian-Oklahoma-Lincoln-Grady-McClain-
Cleveland-Pottawatomie-Seminole-Hughes-Comanche-Stephens-Garvin-
Murray-Pontotoc-Coal-Cotton-Jefferson-Carter-Johnston-Atoka-Love-
Marshall-Bryan counties in Oklahoma and Wichita-Archer-Clay counties in western,

north Texas.

Significant amounts of snow…sleet…and freezing rain are
expected over parts of Oklahoma and north Texas. In general…the
main snow and sleet impacts are most likely to occur near…and
north of…a line from Lawton to Norman to Shawnee. Farther
south…ice accumulation will be the main concern.

* Timing: Light freezing rain may begin Thursday morning. Heavier
  freezing rain…sleet…and snow are expected from Thursday
  evening through Friday morning.

* Main impact: Dangerous driving conditions will likely result
  from accumulation of ice and snow.

* Other impacts: Ice accumulation may cause power outages in parts
  of southern Oklahoma and western north Texas.

Precautionary/Preparedness actions…

Keep up with the latest weather information…especially if you
plan to travel.

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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