Local & Regional
7:04 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Winter Weather on the Way

The National Weather Service in Tulsa has issued a WINTER STORM WATCH for the Tulsa area for tonight and tomorrow. The NWS worries that freezing rain could impact our area. Below is the text of the statement as it was transmitted from the Weather Service.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TULSA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH FOR FREEZING RAIN...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THIS
EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...
* IN OKLAHOMA...OTTAWA...CREEK...OKFUSKEE...OKMULGEE...WAGONER...
TULSA...ROGERS...MAYES AND DELAWARE.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...
* A SHALLOW ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL SURGE INTO EASTERN OKLAHOMA
AND NORTHWEST ARKANSAS TODAY. MEANWHILE...A VERY STRONG AND
COMPACT UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM OVER THE BAJA THIS MORNING
WILL LIFT NORTHEAST TOWARD THE PLAINS OVER THE NEXT 24 TO 48
HOURS. LIFT IN ADVANCE OF THE SYSTEM WILL SPREAD PRECIPITATION
OVER THE REGION BEGINNING MAINLY TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY
NIGHT. A WARM LAYER WILL BE PRESENT ALOFT WHICH WILL ALLOW FOR
THE PRECIPITATION TO BE IN THE FORM OF FREEZING RAIN FROM
ROUGHLY THE INTERSTATE 44 CORRIDOR AND POINTS NORTH. THIS ALL
DEPENDS ON WHERE THE SURFACE FREEZING LINE SETS UP FRIDAY NIGHT
INTO SATURDAY. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO RISE ABOVE FREEZING
DURING THE DAY SATURDAY ACROSS MUCH OF THE WATCH AREA...WITH A
POSSIBLE EXCEPTION BEING AREAS NEAR THE KANSAS BORDER WHICH MAY
HOVER RIGHT AROUND FREEZING ALL DAY.

* A QUARTER TO HALF INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION IS POSSIBLE FROM THIS
EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

IMPACTS...
* ROADS...BRIDGES...AND OVERPASSES MAY BECOME SLICK AND HAZARDOUS
IN THE WATCH AREA...MAKING TRAVEL TREACHEROUS. BRIEF POWER
OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.

DEFINITION...
* A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS HEAVY SNOW OR A SIGNIFICANT
ACCUMULATION OF ICE OR SLEET IS EXPECTED IN THE WATCH AREA
DURING THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS.