Winter Storm Warning
Statement as of 2:59 PM CST on December 04, 2013
... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 6 am Thursday to 6 PM
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect...
For the following counties...
* in Oklahoma... Cherokee... Adair... creek... Okfuskee... Okmulgee...
Wagoner... Tulsa... Rogers... Mayes... Delaware... Pawnee... Ottawa...
Washington... Osage... Craig... Nowata... Pittsburg... McIntosh...
Muskogee... Latimer and Haskell. In Arkansas... Washington...
Madison... Benton and Carroll.
* a classic setup for a winter storm will be taking shape over
the next 24 to 36 hours. An Arctic cold front is making its way
across the region today and will be ushering in much colder air
through the end of the week. This cold air will be undercutting
a strong southwesterly jet aloft... producing lift and one or
more bands of moderate precipitation from east central and
southeast Oklahoma up into northwest and west central Arkansas
beginning Thursday morning. After a brief break Thursday
evening... precipitation will increase across much of eastern
Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas after midnight Thursday night
and will continue into Friday. The southwesterly jet aloft will
also maintain a warm layer which will allow for precipitation
to be a mixture of freezing rain and sleet initially... then
eventually changing over to all snow by Friday morning as the
colder air gets deeper from north to south with time. The
precipitation will generally be lighter and mostly snow near
the Kansas border. Significant accumulations of sleet and snow
are expected across much of eastern Oklahoma and northwest
Arkansas by the time the precipitation shuts off Friday
afternoon... along with some light ice accumulations with the
initial freezing rain.
* 3 to 6 inches of snow and sleet accumulation and up to a
quarter inch of ice accumulation is expected from 6 am
Thursday to 6 PM CST Friday.
* travel will become very hazardous or impossible. Power outages
are possible in some areas that receive some ice accumulation
before the precipitation changes over to sleet and snow.
* delay travel and stay home if possible until conditions improve.
* Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio... commercial radio or
television for the latest information concerning this weather
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