Winter Weather

Shortly before 3:00 am on Saturday morning, the National Weather Service in Norman issued the following Winter Weather Advisory.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
259 AM CST SAT MAR 1 2014

HARPER-WOODS-ALFALFA-GRANT-KAY-ELLIS-WOODWARD-MAJOR-GARFIELD-
NOBLE-ROGER MILLS-DEWEY-CUSTER-BLAINE-KINGFISHER-LOGAN-PAYNE-
BECKHAM-WASHITA-CADDO-CANADIAN-OKLAHOMA-LINCOLN-GRADY-MCCLAIN-
CLEVELAND-POTTAWATOMIE-SEMINOLE-HUGHES-KIOWA-COMANCHE-STEPHENS-
GARVIN-MURRAY-PONTOTOC-COAL-COTTON-JEFFERSON-CARTER-JOHNSTON-
ATOKA-LOVE-MARSHALL-BRYAN-WICHITA-ARCHER-CLAY-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BUFFALO...ALVA...CHEROKEE...MEDFORD...
PONCA CITY...ARNETT...WOODWARD...FAIRVIEW...ENID...PERRY...
CHEYENNE...TALOGA...WEATHERFORD...CLINTON...WATONGA...
KINGFISHER...GUTHRIE...STILLWATER...ELK CITY...SAYRE...CORDELL...
ANADARKO...YUKON...EL RENO...MUSTANG...OKLAHOMA CITY...CHANDLER...
CHICKASHA...PURCELL...NORMAN...MOORE...SHAWNEE...SEMINOLE...
HOLDENVILLE...HOBART...LAWTON...DUNCAN...PAULS VALLEY...SULPHUR...
ADA...COALGATE...WALTERS...WAURIKA...ARDMORE...TISHOMINGO...
ATOKA...MARIETTA...MADILL...DURANT...WICHITA FALLS...
ARCHER CITY...HOLLIDAY...LAKESIDE CITY...HENRIETTA
259 AM CST SAT MAR 1 2014

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO
9 PM CST SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR A MIX OF FREEZING RAIN... SLEET AND
SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 PM CST
SUNDAY.

* TIMING: AREAS OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP
  LATE TODAY AND THIS EVENING ACROSS NORTHERN OKLAHOMA AND THEN
  DEVELOP SOUTH LATE TONIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING. ACROSS CENTRAL
  AND NORTHERN OKLAHOMA A TRANSITION TO SLEET IS EXPECTED DURING
  THE DAY ON SUNDAY THEN SNOW BEFORE ENDING SUNDAY EVENING.

* MAIN IMPACT: MAINLY LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS OF FREEZING RAIN...
  SLEET AND SNOW ARE EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF OKLAHOMA AND WESTERN
  NORTH TEXAS. HOWEVER... A FEW LOCATIONS COULD SEE AS MUCH AS A
  TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE. IN ADDITION... SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1
  TO 3 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS FAR NORTHERN OKLAHOMA. THIS
  WINTRY PRECIPITATION WILL LIKELY RESULT IN SLICK AND HAZARDOUS
  DRIVING CONDITIONS ACROSS THE AREA.

* OTHER IMPACTS: ALONG WITH THE WINTRY PRECIPITATION... GUSTY
  NORTH WINDS WILL CREATE WIND CHILLS BELOW ZERO DURING THE DAY ON
  SUNDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

BE CAREFUL IF YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL. EVEN SMALL AMOUNTS OF ICE AND
SNOW CAN MAKE ROADS AND SIDEWALKS SLICK AND DANGEROUS.

Here are some of the graphical maps the NWS is currently publishing.

National Weather Service Timing

 

I’m sure Garfield County Emergency Management will be issuing a statement early Saturday.  I will pass that along as soon as I can.  Until then, you can keep up to date via the National Weather Service website.  It is still not to late to get ready for things.

REMEMBER:
Don't Panic and Just Prepare

Update from Emergency Management:

Good Morning!!! It’s MARCH already??? WOW, TIME FLIES..
The NWS has issues a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for us beginning at 6pm tonight through SUNDAY evening at 9pm. You may read it for yourself here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=oun&wwa=winter%20weather%20advisory

It appears that our chances for winter precipitation have increased dramatically and so I would make sure you have whatever you may need at the house today before we get colder and the rain begins. Per forecast guidance from the NWS, we should start to feel the effects from the front later this afternoon but keep this in mind, if the front gets here a bit quicker than forecast, things could start up sooner.

Here is the forecast for today : Some fog possible before 10 am. Mostly cloudy with a high around 33 with NE winds 10-20 mph with higher gusts.
Tonight’s low near 10 with a chance of freezing rain before midnight. After midnight, chances go up and so does the wind. North winds 15-25 mph with gusts to 30 are possible. Ice accumulation could be as high as 1/10 of an inch. No snow is expected today or tonight.

Looking at Sunday- freezing rain and sleet early then snow. Highs around 15 degrees with strong north winds. Up to 2 inches of snow on Sunday is possible.

OVERALL, we have dealt with this type of winter weather before and as we all know, it could be worse or not as bad. As I state all the time, just prepare and we’ll ride this one out as we do all the others. When it hits, if you don’t need to be out, stay at home,enjoy the warmth of being inside and think of Spring. It’ll be here before you know it.
Keep up with hourly changes from the NWS at the following address: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/

Have a super day and stay safe.