TULSA – The National Weather Service says that in addition to extremely cold temperatures this weekend, most of the region can prepare for some type of frozen precipitation.
“Widespread precipitation will develop on Friday, as a strong upper level storm system approaches the area from the southwest. Initially, rain or freezing rain will be the dominant precipitation types, as there is not a deep enough saturated cold temperature profile for snow,” the Tulsa Forecast Office said on Wednesday. “That will change when the upper trough axis arrives on Friday night. The heaviest precipitation is expected to fall late Friday night into Saturday. Precipitation will change to a mix of sleet or snow, across much of northeast Oklahoma and western Arkansas on Saturday, with moderate to heavy rain across southeast Oklahoma for most of the event.”
The Weather Service says if you are planning to be out and about, you may want to readdress those plans.
“Travel will definitely be affected by this weather system. The greatest impacts for eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas are expected to begin early Friday morning with freezing rain and end by late Saturday into Sunday morning with snow.” the Weather Service said.
To the west of us, the National Weather Service has already issued a Winter Storm Watch for areas along and west of Interstate 35, saying that heavy snow is expected across Northern Oklahoma, while the Oklahoma City metro and Southwest Oklahoma should brace for the possibility of an ice storm.
“Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Road conditions will vary across Oklahoma and western north Texas, depending on ground temperatures and the rate of accumulation of snow and ice,” the Weather Service said. “Ice may accumulate on bridges and overpasses, even where main roads do not freeze.The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and evening commutes.”
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