Winter weather is on its way to Oklahoma

Snow is expected to move through the Oklahoma City area beginning late Monday night and should continue through Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Modified: January 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm •  Published: January 31, 2011

Oklahomans are bracing for winter weather, and for good reason. A storm is coming.

Temperatures will plummet and winter precipitation is expected to arrive in the Oklahoma City area Monday evening, and heavy bands of snow should begin to affect the metro Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Between 4 and 8 inches of snow is possible by Tuesday afternoon.

Rain will begin to fall Monday evening in the Oklahoma City area, and it should change to freezing rain, sleet and snow overnight, weather service forecaster Daryl Williams said. A blast of cold air and strong north winds will exacerbate the poor conditions.

“What snow does fall will drift and blow and make some roads impassable,” Williams said. “Tuesday does not look good.”

Travel is expected to be difficult or impossible by Tuesday morning in some areas, and power outages are possible, according to the weather service. Bridges and overpasses could be slick and hazardous as early as the evening rush hour today.

Officials urge state residents to stock up on water, nonperishable food and medication before the storm and to check on relatives, friends, neighbors and pets who may be especially vulnerable to the weather.

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