12:50 p.m. Ken Gallant, senior forecaster with the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office said: “We’re already staring to see a little bit of light precip into the metro right now. We’re getting some reports and it mostly looks like snow and sleet. And I think that’s what we can expect.
Q: What are you expecting through the afternoon?
A: I think that’s what we’ll continue to see and maybe continue to see it become a little more widespread. We’re seeing a band of a little heavier precipitation right now that runs down from in our Texas counties, around Crowell and Quanah, Texas up through Lawton. It’s kind of a southwest to northeast band. And that has become mostly snow and sleet in that. And that appears to be expanding northeastward into central Oklahoma.
So I think with that we’ll likely see the precipitation maybe become a little more widespread here in the metro area within the next couple of hours or so. I wouldn’t be suprised to see it start to increase a little bit here shortly. And given how cold it is, I think we could see some accumulations start to develop on the streets, even this afternoon. I think at this point it looks like, the soundings are just right there kind of close but it appears to be that its mostly going toward sleet and snow right now.
There’s not a lot of freezing rain up in the metro that we’ve seen at this point. The freezing precipitation seems to be right now to be farther south.
It kind of looks somewhat like there may be this initial band that is spreading up this afternoon and then that may diminish late this afternoon for awhile. And then it looks like we’ll get another band come through later on tonight that will be heavier again.
Q: What are you thinking in terms of a timeline with that next band?
A: I think on that on that second one it may be more like roughly 9 o’clock (p.m.) and then on through the overnight areas for the metro and then probably start to taper off early tomorrow morning. It’s one of those deals that I’m not sure it will ever completely quit necessarily, but it should lessen up. We’ll see a little bit of an increase here this afternoon that may go on into late afternoon, early evening and then probably diminish and start back later on maybe with that increase in precipiation later on tonight. We’re still looking at accumulations of right around 2 to 6 inches.