Lunchtime Update 2/9/12

Our weather pattern across Oklahoma is getting a bit busy.  I’m tracking three storm systems that will affect the state over the next seven days.  There’s one today, another one late Sunday and Monday, and a third one possible next Wednesday or Thursday.

TODAY:  a fast-moving system will bring some winty precip to northwest Oklahoma this afternoon.  A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6:00 pm for Harper, Woodward, Ellis and Roger Mills counties as one to two inches of slushy snow is possible.  Temperatures will remain near freezing, so slick spots are possible on elevated surfaces in those areas.  Farther southeast, it will mainly be some light rain moving into the OKC area later this afternoon.

TONIGHT:  areas of light rain across southern Oklahoma, with a mix of rain and snow for the northern half of the state.  Any snow accumulations will be light, but isolated areas north of I-40 could pick up close to an inch, mainly on the grass.

TOMORROW:  all the rain and light snow will end very early with the bulk of the day being dry and cool.

SATURDAY:  a dry, cold day.  In fact, temps will likely not get out of the 30s for highs.  So far this winter, OKC has had only two days with highs staying below 40. (4 days if you go back to early December).

SUNDAY INTO MONDAY:  still a lot of uncertainty with this storm system.  Models not in agreement on how much precip, and what form it will take.  I’m leaning toward rain across the southern Oklahoma beginning in the west Sunday afternoon, and spreading east Sunday night into Monday.  Snow, sleet or even a bit of freezing rain is possible central and north Sunday night into Monday morning.  The storm system will move quickly across the state, so I’m not looking for any large precip amounts, but there may be enough of a winter mix in central and northern Oklahoma to cause some travel issues Sunday night and Monday morning.  I’ll spend my afternoon looking at the newest model info.

Rick

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