Snow and sleet is tapering off slowly across the Oklahoma City Metro. We did have a round of moderate to heavy snow across the Oklahoma City area that did give the area up to an inch of snow already. Just remember folks, this was only round one. Computer models are still showing a much more aggressive band of snow and sleet to move from southwest to northeast across the I-44 corridor after 10 pm tonight. This band will be capable of producing some heavy snow across the area that will bring an additional 2-6 inches of snow across the area. This band of snow will last into the morning hours of Friday and then taper off by 9am for the Oklahoma City vicinity.
Some of the Hi-Res models are showing the possibility of thundersleet or thundersnow with this next round of winter weather tonight. Anywhere that may get this could see higher amounts of accumulation.
Light to Moderate freezing rain will be moving to the northeast over the next several hours and will settle in across the I-44 and I-35 corridors until about 5pm this evening. We could see some very light freezing rain in the Oklahoma City, but further to the south Purcell, Pauls Valley, and Norman could see .10 to .25 inches of ice accumulations. Further to the SE could see .5 -.75 inch of ice accumulation. Temperatures will be dropping slowly across the state into the upper 10s and lower 20s with wind chills in the single digits.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
1137 AM CST THU DEC 5 2013
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WEATHERFORD...CLINTON...WATONGA...
EL RENO...MUSTANG...OKLAHOMA CITY...CHANDLER...CHICKASHA...
WICHITA FALLS...MUNDAY...KNOX CITY...SEYMOUR...ARCHER CITY...
1137 AM CST THU DEC 5 2013
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST FRIDAY...
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST FRIDAY.
* TODAY: LIGHT FREEZING RAIN...SLEET...AND SNOW.
* TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY: LIGHT TO MODERATE SLEET AND FREEZING
RAIN...TRANSITIONING TO MAINLY SLEET AND SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT.
* MAIN IMPACT: SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES WITH
LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL CONDITIONS
* OTHER IMPACTS: WIND CHILL VALUES 5 DEGREES BELOW TO 10 DEGREES ABOVE
AVOID UNNECESSARY TRAVEL. BE SURE YOU CAN BE SELF SUFFICIENT IF
YOU LOSE ELECTRICAL POWER.
Precipitation is beginning across South Central Oklahoma this morning and will be spreading across the eastern and part of Oklahoma early this morning. We are already getting a few reports of heavy freezing rain falling across the Ada, OK area as we can see moderate to heavy showers developing and moving to the NE on radar. This will continue in coverage and intensity throughout this morning. This will be the first of two waves that will move across Oklahoma bringing ice, sleet, and snow. The big story will be the likelihood of a “crippling” to “catastrophic” ice storm across Southeastern Oklahoma where some of the heaviest freezing rain will fall. Accumulations of .75 to 1.50 inches of ice. This will cause MAJOR problems as power lines and even large tree limbs will be coming down. We could even expect a few reports of roof collapses due to the weight of the ice and roads will be impassable from Durant to Atoka to Talihna Oklahoma.
Ice Storm Warnings