There’s a lot to look at on the weather maps this morning. Cold air is starting to pour back into the state. Temperatures in the panhandle and northwest are in the 10s, with strong north winds. The rest of the state has temperatures in the 30s to around 40. At the same time, a fast moving upper storm system is moving into the Texas panhandle. When you combine the two, you’re gonna get a rough day.
A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect for roughly the northern half of the state today. The warning is roughly north of I-40, but doesn’t include Canadian, Oklahoma or Lincoln counties. South of the warning, a Snow and Blowing Snow Advisory will be in effect.
Here’s how it looks for the state today:
For Northern Oklahoma, expect wind and snow. The snow will pile up to the tune of 4-8″. As you get close to the Kansas Border along and east of I-35, there could be more. The significant snow will be just part of the problem. Winds out of the northwest at 20 to 30 mph will create near white-out conditions and snowdrifts that could be 2-3 feet deep.
For southwestern and central Oklahoma, rain will change to snow. At this time, it doesn’t appear that there will be as much snow, but whatever falls will certainly blow around. Snow totals should be in the 1-3″ category. Even though the amounts won’t be as high, blowing snow will still be a problem.
Southcentral and southeastern Oklahoma will mainly see rain. It will still be windy and a Wind Advisory is in effect.
If you are planning to travel across northern Oklahoma today, you need to be careful. You need to give yourself extra time. You need to be prepared for slick roads and white-out conditions. If you have a cell phone, make sure it’s charged and ready to go. Have a blanket and some food in the car just in case.
I haven’t even touched on the wind chills. Wind chills today will range from near (or below) zero in the northwest, 10s/20s central and 20s/30s southeast.
The good news is that this storm will move so fast that it should be out of here by tonight and tomorrow we’ll see mostly sunny skies. And more wind.
We’ll have updates throughout the day on Eyewitness News 5…