Cherokee Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 4:46 AM CST on March 03, 2015

... More winter weather expected for late Tuesday night through

After a rather mild Tuesday... much colder air will overspread the
region as a strong cold front pushes through eastern Oklahoma and
northwest Arkansas tonight. Light rain this evening is expected to
transition to freezing rain and sleet after midnight across
northeast Oklahoma and into northwest Arkansas... and eventually to
mostly snow and sleet by Wednesday. This transition will occur
later across southeast Oklahoma and west central Arkansas... mainly
from Wednesday morning into the evening.

The current snowfall forecast is calling for the highest amounts
across northwest Arkansas... where around 2 to 4 inches will be
possible. Locally higher amounts are likely... especially in the
higher terrain areas. Significant amounts of freezing rain may
occur as well... especially in the Arkansas River valley of west
central Arkansas. This area remains under a Winter Storm
Watch... which may be upgraded to a warning later today.

Northeast Oklahoma will likely see some light icing Tuesday
night... and around 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet by Wednesday.
Southeast Oklahoma could see around a tenth or two of icing on
Wednesday... with an additional inch or two of snow by late
Wednesday into Wednesday evening.

Continue to monitor the latest forecasts for this winter weather
event. Winter weather advisories or warnings may be needed as the
developing situation becomes a bit more clear.

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 6:00 am CST on March 3, 2015

... Todays topic for severe weather preparedness week in Oklahoma and
Arkansas is methods to receive severe weather information...

This week... the National Weather Service and the federal emergency
management agency are highlighting the importance of planning and
preparing for severe weather before it strikes. Being prepared to
act quickly can be a matter of life and death.

Citizens of Oklahoma and Arkansas are urged to use this week to plan
and prepare for the upcoming severe weather season. Review severe
weather safety rules and better understand The Hazards associated
with severe thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa will issue statements
highlighting different topics each day during the week... and todays
topic is methods to receive severe weather information.

Severe weather warnings have improved greatly over the past twenty
years... following the introduction of Doppler weather radars. Even
so... the most accurate and timely warnings will not be effective if
people do not receive the warnings or do not know how to react to

Most people receive their weather information... including severe
weather watches and warnings... from their favorite television
station. But... what happens when people are not at home or do not
have their television turned on?

One of the best sources of severe weather information is the NOAA
all hazards weather radio... the voice of the National Weather
Service. As a service to the public... the National Weather Service
broadcasts uninterrupted weather information 24 hours a day on any
of seven different vhf frequencies between 162.400 and 162.550 mhz.
These broadcasts can generally be received up to 40 miles from the
transmitter site... but can vary depending on the quality of your
receiver... local terrain... and atmospheric conditions.

There are currently 18 NOAA Weather Radio transmitters serving
portions of northwestern Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma... providing
continuous weather information to those areas. The transmitters and
their frequencies are...

Antlers Oklahoma... 162.400 mhz
Atoka Oklahoma... 162.500 mhz
Bartlesville Oklahoma... 162.425 mhz
Branson Missouri... 162.550 mhz
Broken Bow Oklahoma... 162.450 mhz
Fayetteville Arkansas... 162.475 mhz
Fort Smith Arkansas... 162.550 mhz
Grove Oklahoma... 162.525 mhz
Harrison Arkansas... 162.525 mhz
Joplin Missouri... 162.425 mhz
McAlester Oklahoma... 162.475 mhz
Muskogee Oklahoma... 162.525 mhz
Paris Texas... 162.550 mhz
Ponca City Oklahoma... 162.450 mhz
Springdale Arkansas... 162.400 mhz
Stillwater Oklahoma... 162.500 mhz
Tulsa Oklahoma... 162.550 mhz
Wewoka Oklahoma... 162.550 mhz

NOAA Weather Radio programming includes...
1. Weather statements... watches... and warnings.
2. Location... movement and impacts of threatening weather.
3. Current weather conditions and local forecasts.
4. Civil emergency messages.
5. Climate data.

During severe weather... watches and warnings within the
listening area are tone alerted. This alarm tone will activate
those NOAA all hazards weather radio receivers with a tone alert
feature. Most models available today use the latest digital
technology and have specific area message encoder...
or S. A. M. E. ... capabilities. This allows users to designate which
counties they wish to be alarmed for and eliminates the problem of
receiving alerts for weather events not affecting their location.

The NWS recommends that everyone have a NWR in their home and
business. NOAA all hazards weather radios are inexpensive and can be
purchased at local radio and electronic stores... as well as at a
growing number of department stores... and even on the internet. NOAA
all hazards weather radio models with battery backup capabilities
are recommended in the event of a power outage.

In addition to television... radio... and NOAA all hazards weather
radio... there are a variety of relatively new technologies
available that enable severe weather warning reception. Telephone
notification services and digital messaging to computers... cell
phones... and pagers can be obtained through various service

In June of 2012... cell phone companies began broadcasting certain
warning messages from their cell towers. The messages are
automatically received by Mobile phones that are capable of
receiving those messages on their particular network... and do not
require you to sign up to receive them. In this area of the
country... the messages that are broadcast through this system are
tornado warnings... flash flood warnings... presidential
warnings... and Amber alerts. For further details regarding this
service... see ctia.Org/Wea.

For more information regarding ways you can receive severe weather
warnings... contact your local National Weather Service office in
Tulsa or visit weather.Gov/Tulsa.

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